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Textbook Romance : Pink Popular Penguins - Zoe Foster

Textbook Romance

Pink Popular Penguins

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Wouldn't it be great if there was a textbook with clear lessons on clever dating and how to build that Perfect Relationship? One that tells it straight but lets you laugh at yourself too? One that leaves you with your dignity and your personality intact? There is!

Zoë Foster, relationships guru, provides whip-smart step-by-step lessons in successful romancing, with male commentary from self-confessed male, Hamish Blake.

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About the Author

Zoe Foster enjoys writing author biographies because she gets to write things like, 'Zoe Foster Blake is Australia's most critically acclaimed and bestselling author, and in 2010, Foster was controversially awarded the Pulitzer for the second time', despite the fact that all of these things are untrue.

Things that are true include her role as columnist for News Limited's Sunday Style, and dating columnist for Cosmopolitan magazine. She was previously contributing editor of Mamamia.com.au, editor of beauty website primped.com.au, beauty director at Harper's BAZAAR, and prior to that beauty director at Cosmopolitan magazine.

Zoe has written three novels, Air Kisses, Playing the Field and The Younger Man, as well as the dating and relationship book Textbook Romance, written in conjunction with Hamish Blake, and the bestseller Amazing Face, a collection of her best beauty tips and tricks. The Wrong Girl is her fourth novel.


Insightful & amusing - perfect combination!


Refer above



Romantic reminders


I love the cover and read it in one sitting, informative, and easy read




4.5 2



Defining the Probability of Needing This Book

In this lesson, you'll learn whether you're a good candidate for relationship advice, or whether you could have just bought several packets of Fantales and not worried about this book.

(Italicised text in brackets are Hamish's comments)

(Did you know Goldie Hawn was born on 21-11-45? Now we're just as good as Fantales.)

You have purchased, stolen or been given this book because:
  1. You believe (or someone who knows you does) that you could benefit from some relationship advice.
  2. You are at a crossroads in your relationship.
  3. You buy guides and textbooks for every other aspect of your life - why not love?
  4. You're dyslexic and thought the title read Teri Hatcher: A Biography.
This book isn't for everyone. For instance, Grandpa, you should probably put it down. There are swear words and notions of sex.

(I guarantee you, that didn't make Grandpa put it down – he just flicked ahead.)

It is for women (single, dating or in a Proper Rela­tionship) who feel baffled and frustrated by men, or who know that, deep down, they could be happier in their romantic relationships.

It is for women who are DOING THEIR HEAD IN waiting for That Guy to call, or text, or email, or exhibit some sign of a pulse.

It is for women who 'always seem to end up with arseholes'.

It is for women who are bored of complaining to their girlfriends that they can't find a man. Or a decent one who doesn't play games.

It is for women who are sick of analysing their boy­ friend's actions to the point of madness.

And it is for women who feel like they have lost them­ selves in their relationship.

(It is for women who don't mind having a book that is pre-scribbled on, and doesn't appear to have been discounted for it.)

In a series of simple lessons (and by simple I mean extraordinarily difficult) this book instructs you on how to be more in control of, more at peace with, and more successful in your romantic relationships. We used the textbook format for several reasons. One is so that you can refer back to pertinent lessons with ease when you need them. Another is because we wanted to make it absolutely transparent how important it is to possess an artillery of reliable strategy and intelligence if you want to find that elusive Perfect Relationship, and by being forced to learn it in a recognisably edu­cational format, you're more likely to take it seriously and remember it. Finally, it's fun to make pie charts.

You'll learn what it is you are doing to inhibit your happiness and your chances of a fulfilling relationship. You will learn how to deal with the fact that when it comes to biological wiring, men and women are roughly the same as a bedside lamp and a killer whale.

(Also, it was easier than tracking down Ms Winston from your old high school to explain it to you. I wonder how old 'wobbles' Winston is doing these days . . . ?)

It won't all be sweets and slippery dips, though - the rebuilding of your confidence and fostering of an understanding of how this all works requires dedica­tion and the valuing of long-term satisfaction over instant gratification.

(Then you can have some sweets and slippery dips.)


For the following questions, award yourself 22.1 points for every 'Yes' and 14.6 for every 'No'.

Are you:

Unhappily single?

Happily single?

Releasing a single?

Unhappily single but pretending you're happily single?

Single because every time you're offered a shot at love, you freak out?

Single because he is incapable of committing to more than just casual sex?

Dating a guy who is doing your head in?

Dating a guy whose head you are doing in?

In a new relationship?

In a new relationship you're worried you may ruin?

In a new relationship that he is sabotaging day by day?

In a new relationship but angry he won't admit to it on Facebook?

In a relationship that has lost its excitement?

In a solid relationship that doesn't seem to be progressing?

In a solid relationship that features the same fights again and again?

In a solid relationship with a wobbly looking future?

In a solid relationship that needs some refreshing?

In a solid relationship but considering breaking out?

In a solid-steel shipping crate?

If your final answer was a number over 14.6, then this book is definitely something you should read, under­line furiously and read again.

(Or buy a new copy to underline again, and again. I promise this suggestion to re-purchase the book has nothing to do with the fact that I would like a new television.

Also, at the end of each chapter, if there's some room left and no one is looking, I may actually have some sort of thought in the topic discussed in the chapter. I can't guarantee I'll have one every time, but if I do, I'll pounce on it. Nor can I guarantee these thoughts will be of the highest quality, as we can see by this one, which is essentially just a promise to try and have more thoughts. Enjoy the book.)
Zoe Foster Blake

Zoë Foster Blake enjoys writing her biography because she can write things like, ‘The literary world was shocked when Foster Blake was controversially awarded the Man Booker prize for the third time’, despite the fact that this is patently untrue.

Things that are true include a decade of journalism writing for titles such as Cosmopolitan, Harper’s BAZAAR and Sunday Style, as well as being the founder of all-natural Australian skin care line, Go-To.

Zoë has published four novels, Air Kisses, Playing the Field, The Younger Man and The Wrong Girl, as well as the dating and relationship book, Textbook Romance written in conjunction with Hamish Blake; and Amazinger Face, a collection of her best beauty tips and tricks.

She lives in Springfield with her husband, Homer, and her three children, Maggie, Lisa and Bart.

Visit Zoe Foster Blake's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9780734311245
ISBN-10: 0734311249
Series: Pink Popular Penguin
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 23rd April 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.1  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1