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Is Monogamy Dead?

Rosie Wilby
Publisher: Accent Press
3rd August 2017

Prepare to enter a world of metamours, platonic partners, cuddle-buddies and more…

Comedian Rosie Wilby found herself in a quandary – when people asked, ‘who’s the love of your life?’ there was no simple answer. Is Monogamy Dead? details her very personal quest to find out why Western society is clinging to a concept that is not only laden with assumptions but isn’t always fit for purpose in the 21st century.

Part memoir, part sociological study, the book was inspired by a trilogy of solo comedy shows investigating love and relationships written and toured by Rosie over a seven-year period. Highlighting the huge disparities in people’s definition of what a ‘relationship’ is, Rosie also draws on her own experience and interviews with dozens of people, gay and straight, male and female, to discover that, even if we think of ourselves as ‘monogamous’, that word can mean a myriad of different things.

Praise for Rosie Wilby
‘My favourite way to learn is when a funny, clever, honest person is teaching me – that’s why I love Rosie Wilby!’ Sara Pascoe
‘One of London’s doyennes of thoughtful, intimate, and warmly entertaining comedy.’ Metro
‘A winning self-deprecating personality.’ Evening Standard
Hilarious… Jo Brand-meets-Eddie Izzard.’ DIVA magazine

About the Author
Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Loose Ends. A Funny Women finalist in 2006, Rosie has performed at Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe, Secret Garden Party and Latitude, as well as being published in The Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent and more. She’s currently the co-host of Radio Diva. Is Monogamy Dead? is her first book and follows Rosie’s TEDx talk and comedy show of the same name, and her solo shows The Science of Sex and The Conscious Uncoupling.