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Fake: A startling true story of love in a world of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies

Fake: A startling true story of love in a world of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Wood, Stephanie

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In early 2017, Good Weekend magazine published Stephanie?s article The Great Pretender about her experience with a sinister romantic conman. She thought the story was over. But it was only just beginning. Hundreds of readers wrote to her, telling of similar experiences. A dozen o...r more people recognised the man in the story and wanted to tell Stephanie what they knew about him. She formed a connection with 'the other woman? who also wanted to share her story. Fake is a powerful, richly layered investigative memoir, drawing on Stephanie?s personal story, stories of other women who have been in similar, emotionally abusive relationships; and expert voices. Fake is a story for our times but is timeless too, exploring universal themes - the intensely complex and neurotic story of raw human need. The backstory- In her mid 40s, Stephanie had been coming to grips with an unhappy reality familiar to millions of other women around the world- she would not now ever have the children she had hoped for and it was possible she might never find the soulmate that her mother and society?s embedded princess mythology had led her to believe would one day be hers. Then, through an online dating site, she met 'Scott?. An exhilarating romance began. He said he was a former architect who now had a sheep farm. He had a love for the environment and seemed a compassionate, truthful and decent man. He talked about their future together. But as the months wore on, his behaviour became increasingly erratic. Stephanie grappled with depression and anxiety as a result. Cancellation followed cancellation- he?d been poisoned by sheep drench; his dog had been bitten by a snake; his crazy ex-wife had failed to collect his son from the school disco; his business partners were demanding a meeting. There were red flags, but Stephanie was addicted to hope, immersed in dreams of the future she hoped to share with him. One day, Scott failed to turn up for an interstate flight to the wedding he was to attend with Stephanie. His phone rang out, she ended the relationship.When the depression and anxiety passed, Stephanie became a journalist again and Scott became a story she needed to investigate and understand before she could restart her life. Through another woman?s social media accounts, Stephanie discovered that Scott had been in a relationship with another woman (Kati) for two years before she met him and he had continued the relationship with Kati as he talked about a future with Stephanie. She discovered that he was an undischarged bankrupt with a criminal record and his claims of having money and property and the accoutrements of wealth were grandiose fantasies. Stephanie discovered a story of mind-boggling duplicity and manipulation and realised that the man with whom I had thought I would spend the rest of my life was both delusional and malicious, a masterful romantic conman with a personality disorder. And she discovered that she was not alone. The world is full of too many people who have been duped by similar dreams of romance and a cosy life.
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ISBN 9780143792208
Published AU 2 Jul 2019
Publisher Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780143792208
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Vintage (Australia)
Published 2 Jul 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Wood, Stephanie
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Crime
Men's Studies
Family & Other Relationships: General
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 468g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text True Crime
ONIX Text General/trade