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Imprint: Oneworld Publications

Subject: Self-Help


The Art and Science of Staying Together

Belinda Luscombe

The fault lines that can fracture a marriage are all contained in these six words: FAMILIARITY, FIGHTING, FAMILY, FINANCES, FOOLING AROUND AND FINDING HELP. It’s time to get to know your F words.

Using the latest scientific research, personal anecdotes and expert advice, award-winning journalist Belinda Luscombe argues that marriage is good for your health, your finances and your happiness. But it isn’t always easy!

Focusing on what Belinda describes as her F words, she presents facts, debunks myths, and provides an entertaining mix of data, anecdotes and wisdom from a wide range of approaches to married life, drawing on the work of experts from within the marriage and divorce industries. A brilliant guide to staying together, Marriageology offers helpful advice and gives readers something to think about whether your marriage is on the brink of collapse or just needs a bit of maintenance.

  • Publication date: June 6, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786073198
  • RRP: £11.99
  • Pages: 288
  • Publication date: June 6, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786073204
  • RRP: £5.99
  • Pages: 224


‘Few things are more important than the quality of our relationships – and especially the one we build with our life partner. Belinda has written a smart and funny book to help anyone work toward a stronger and more fulfilling marriage.’
Sheryl Sandberg

‘A total page-turner.’

The Times

‘Luscombe debuts with a vibrant and engrossing look at marriage… Her comparisons are clever and spot on… Luscombe’s colourful and well-researched text paints a positive picture for the future of a “fusty old institution.”’

Publishers Weekly

‘I’d recommend this book to anyone who is married. Or thinking of getting married. Or knows anyone who is married. Or who is simply interested in getting along with other human beings. Belinda Luscombe combines science, memoir, and sharp wit in this fascinating and useful book. She takes on myths about everything from soul mates to finance to going to bed angry (her advice: Do it!). Skip the gravy boat and give this as a gift to all your engaged friends.’

A. J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

‘Staying together in the age of Tinder is no mean feat. Thank goodness Belinda Luscombe’s wise, funny, scientifically rigorous book is here to improve our odds. Henceforth, exiting the chapel, couples should be pelted with copies of Marriageology instead of rice.’

Ada Calhoun, author of Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give

'If I could talk about marriage to my wife with the intelligence and humour that Belinda Luscombe does in this book, I'd be having a lot more sex.'

Joel Stein, author of Man Made

'Droll...she provides informative, helpful advice on how to maintain a marriage for the long haul.'


Belinda Luscombe

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