But it's like anything else – there's a way to do it successfully, and it's a great way to meet people you wouldn't normally meet.'You have a better chance of being hijacked in a plane than getting married after 40." "You have a better chance of being struck by lightning than getting married after 40." "You have a better chance…" If only I'd had Shane Watson's book to throw at them.
But for the man looking for a lifetime commitment, this one-off is no-go.
He reads in her vaunted independence an adversarial attitude.
It makes for sexual frisson, or deliciously bitchy sessions.
She's a breath of fresh air, a free spirit in a conformist society, a one-off.
Yes, I wanted to marry and live happily ever after – but only once certain boxes were ticked. And I compiled a list of what Shane Watson dubs the Guaranteed Deal Breakers: sandals and socks, a shaved head, a bicycle, sleeveless pullovers, ankle skimming trousers. The list of non-negotiables is just as blinding; you obsess about the sandals and can't see the wit, the charm and the twinkly eyes.