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'You have a better chance of being hijacked in a plane than getting married after 40." "You have a better chance of being struck by lightning than getting married after 40." "You have a better chance…" If only I'd had Shane Watson's book to throw at them.How to Meet a Man After Forty transforms the single fortysomething no-hoper into a woman with the whip handle firmly in her grasp.I was so busy reading the messages I thought men were sending me – he loves me, he loves me not, he just wants sex – that I never recognised I was sending out a message too.And it was, loud and clear: "Not Ready to Settle Down." It got me thinking about all the attractive, successful single women I've met over the years – and Shane, whom I knew back in the Eighties, was one of them – and how they seemed to have it all; their professional status, their own homes (and mortgages), their own Mastercard (sometimes gold-plated), their own teeth (sometimes capped and bleached). If ever you watched them in a room full of people at a party, you'd see them refuse to go out of their way to meet the one available man who, usually, had been invited by the hostess with good intentions, especially for them to meet.Forget the detox that leaves you light-headed and the Botox that renders you zombie-like.Don't waste money on the sheep's placenta treatment that promises to peel back the passage of time.

‘I almost wept when I read her blog about going to a wonderful party hoping to meet someone,’ my friend Ruthie explained. You know you are being unrealistic and that it won’t happen — yet when it doesn’t, you can’t help being disappointed.’Ruthie is 47 and one of the most attractive women — of any age — that I know.Never married, she has a son James, now 13, by a man she parted from before her son was born.