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You Can Count on Cupid

You Can Count on Cupid

Uncovering Love by the Numbers, from the First Date, to the Seven-Year Itch, to the Forever After

Luisa Dillner, MD

St. Martin's Griffin



True-love facts about modern dating, marriage, breakups, and makeups, from the Guardian's popular relationships advice columnist

Is love blind-or does Cupid calculate? Luisa Dillner, a medical doctor and the entertaining "Love by Numbers" columnist for London's Guardian newspaper, sifts through the latest scientific research to answer the questions of the lovelorn and the love crazy alike. She tackles perennial matters of the heart, such as:

- Which pickup lines work the best?
- Do gentlemen prefer blondes?
- How do I know she's "the one"?
- How can I get my boyfriend to stop flirting and start taking out the trash?
- Are office romances doomed?
- What's the best way to mend a broken heart?
- Will any couple ever be able to avoid arguing in the car?

For those curious about the chances of tempting someone to leave a spouse (50 percent of those approached take the bait) or if Web romances bloom in the spring (the peak times for online love are actually January, February, and September), Dillner is the perfect--and amusing--guide to the science of living happily ever after.


Praise for You Can Count on Cupid

“Her fascinating findings throw a new light on the dilemmas of dating, marriage and romance.” —The Daily Mail (London)

“Absolutely not your typical self-help book. Dillner burrows into the research, emerges triumphantly bearing aloft the relevant statistics, then uses them to provide advice that is useful, yet delightfully written. Read this book for interest, read it for entertainment, read it to throw light on any question you might want to ask about relationships.” —Susan Quilliam, author of The New Joy of Sex

“Easy to digest... Whether you're single, in a great relationship, wanting out of one or having an affair, there is something here for you… Reading research into what other people have done in various predicaments is strangely reassuring.” —New Scientist

“Helpful and informed, you may be surprised by some of Dr. Dillner's findings!” —OK! magazine

“Dr. Dillner brings to bear all possible statistics and facts from reputable surveys and scientific journals.” —Evening Standard (London)

“Stands out among the morass of relationship advice books.” —The Bookseller

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About the author

Luisa Dillner, MD

Luisa Dillner, MD, writes the popular "Love by Numbers" column for London's Guardian newspaper and international Web site. A medical doctor and the publishing director at the British Medical Journal Publishing Group, she has also written for Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Elle. She lives in London.

Luisa Dillner

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