Brutally honest and remarkably daring, How to Lose a Girl in 10 Ways is the account of Sean Smithson and the embarrassing situations he encountered in his quest to pick-up women over the years. An unassuming tax adviser in London's financial district by day and an outrageous flirt by night, he amassed quite a few stories in his pursuit of the fairer sex during his 20s, and candidly confesses to 10 of his most epic fails; whether it was with colleagues, perfect strangers or even escorts. “Your adventures never cease to amuse and disgust me at the same time. And yet as a single lady, I continue to be intrigued as to how bad it would actually be to sleep with you.”
This revealing account has a sincere tone that will certainly invite a varied readership, with stories that would sit comfortably in both men’s and women’s magazines, though perhaps for different reasons. The insight into the male psyche goes far beyond the problem pages with some very awkward situations. Men can empathise with the writer and ‘may’ even have found themselves in similar situations, whereas women are always intrigued by the inner workings of the male species. But regardless of what side of the fence you sit on, the author’s self-deprecating and humorous tone should ensure that you walk away laughing. It could be at him or with him – but that’s something the reader should decide.
Sean Smithson’s content and writing style have drawn initial comparisons to Neil Strauss and Tucker Max, but rather than celebrate his womanising ways, he acknowledges the flaws in his character and seeks to entertain readers by poking fun at them. Married, divorced, single or in a relationship, this book will be enjoyed by anyone intrigued by the inner workings of a player.