‘I’ll have been eliminated.’ ‘Only as a potential partner. We could have wasted time talking about ice-cream flavours and make-up only to find that she smoked. We may still be able to have an interesting discussion.’ ‘But I’ll have been eliminated.’ I nodded. ‘I said to him that if you didn’t text me back then I’d try speed dating, because I’m officially the worst single man in London.’‘You’re not!

You break up with their family, their friends and their dog.

It’s sad, inevitable and kind of annoying.” ― Gemma Burgess, “It’s braver to stay. I am sure I speak for all the single people here when I say that I don’t want to ever lack that courage.

I don’t want to lose my best friend and my true love, just because I wanted tostay in control and not take a risk.

Even if they walked away, even ifthey ran to the other side of the world, even if I thought that I didn't have a chance in hell, I still want to know that I did everything I couldto make it happen.” ― Gemma Burgess, “The French have the perfect word for it: 'flaneur'.

It means to stroll around aimlessly but enjoyably, observing life and your surroundings.

Baudelaire defined a flaneur as 'a person who walks the city in order to experience it'.” ― Gemma Burgess, “Robert clears his throat.

‘So, ladies and gentlemen, if I may, I’d like to encourage you to turn to the one you love – or, if you are between loves right now, then the nearest person of the opposite sex, provided of course that their significant other doesn’tmind – and tell them that you love them. After breaking up with her boyfriend of, well, forever, Abigail Wood must learn how to be single from scratch.

No caveats, no limited time only, no terms and conditions: be trueto yourself, take a risk, and tell them you love them. ” ― Gemma Burgess, I\'ve discovered the secret to successful singledom.

“I've sequenced the questions for maximum speed of elimination,’ I explained.