The Unexpected Joy of Being Single comes five years after Catherine Gray hit her first “love rock bottom”, aged 33, when her father started calling her a spinster. She sets out to investigate the sources of single stigma, while charting her own journey through “rampant” love addiction. Read more After 21 years of heavy drinking, these are the unexpected joys of being sober Gray is brave enough to share every ridiculous, embarrassing break-up ritual she secretly indulges in, including a list of the songs she listens to that will make you cringe. It is her second deeply personal book, after her excellent debut The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, cementing her status as queen of the overshare... Gray has shared that she read Jennifer L Taitz’s How to Be Single and Happy as part of her research, and found herself hiding the book cover in public. When I was reading Gray’s book on public transport, I am ashamed to say that self-consciousness crept up on me, too. That is exactly why this refreshing, unusual book needs to exist. A culture shift which repositions a single person as someone who is relationship-free, complete, and not lacking, is long overdue.