Mike Gayle

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Formerly a teen magazine agony uncle Mike Gayle is the author of many bestselling novels including: MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND, MR COMMITMENT, TURNING THIRTY, DINNER FOR TWO, HIS 'N' HERS, BRAND NEW FRIEND, WISH YOU WERE HERE and THE LIFE AND SOUL OF THE PARTY, as well as a non-fiction book entitled THE TO DO LIST. He has contributed to a number of publications including: the Guardian, The Times, FHM, Cosmopolitan and Top Of The Pops magazine. In 2018, THE MAN I THINK I KNOW was selected for the first Zoe Ball Book Club and Mike was longlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards for Best UK Author. THE MAN I THINK I KNOW has sold over 100,000 copies.

Latest publications:

HALF A WORLD AWAY, Hodder & Stoughton, 13th June 2019

The incredibly moving and uplifting new novel from the author of The Man I Think I Know.

Kerry Hayes knows exactly who she is: a single mum, a cleaner and Mariah Carey's biggest fan.

Noah Martineau thinks he knows who he is: a successful barrister, with a wife, daughter and big house in Primrose Hill.

Strangers with nothing in common.
Strangers living worlds apart.

But it wasn't always this way...and Noah and Kerry are about to discover just who they really are.

Praise for Half A World Away:

‘Mike Gayle is so good at writing relatable characters going through big challenges... This is a warm-hearted book that deals with all kinds of issues - class, race, marriage - and brings a lump to the throat, too.’ Sophie Kinsella

‘What an involving, captivating, heart-rending story. Some books fade from the memory but I know I'm never going to forget these characters - they feel like my own family.’ Jill Mansell

‘His most accomplished and moving novel yet.’ Lisa Jewell

‘Mike has a prodigious talent for writing completely relatable characters who draw you into their world and tug at your heart strings. HALF A WORLD AWAY is an absolute triumph and a joy to read. Once again Mike tackles complex and thorny issues with a confident and compassionate hand.’ Ruth Hogan

‘Mike Gayle just gets better and better and Half A World Away might be the loveliest yet.’ Jenny Colgan

‘Heartbreaking and wonderful, a beautiful book about the power of love to surmount almost anything.’ Julie Cohen

Half a World Away is heartbreaking and beautiful, full of poignant moments and characters you fall for from page one. I couldn't put it down.’ Libby Page

‘He has a wonderful way of lifting the reader up while tugging at our heart strings at the same time. A lovely story about what family really means...’ Fionnuala Kearney

Half a World Away is heartbreakingly lovely. Its main characters came to feel like friends of mine, and the book is full of such warmth and love. It truly captured my heart.’ Beth O’Leary

‘This book is a treasure, written from the heart.’ Alice Peterson

‘Gayle writes beautifully about fractured families and the unshakable power of love, in a book that is both heart-wrenching and uplifting, and full of the deeply relatable characters for which he's so well-known. This is a triumph of a novel, true and heartfelt, and you'll be in floods when you reach the poignant final page.’ Rosie Walsh

'This is a warm-hearted book that deals with all kinds of issues - class, race, marriage - and brings a lump to the throat,too.' Daily Mail

‘Brilliant characters and a beautiful story’ - PRIMA

“We’re huge Mike Gayle fans…and his latest book is one of his best" - HEAT magazine

“Mike Gayle’s writing is wise, compassionate and prone to making you cry.” – Sunday Express S Magazine

“Gayle has a profound talent for acute observations. He makes us care, pulls at our heartstrings then hits us with humour. And he doesn’t disappoint with his latest offering.” – Sunday Post

“Emotionally high-voltage novel" - Metro

'A great writer of stories and character.' - Katy Guest on the Sarah Brett show

THE MAN I THINK I KNOW, Hodder & Stoughton, 19th April 2018

Some people just look destined for great things. And sometimes, life has other ideas.

The stunning new novel from Mike Gayle, packed with his trademark heart and charm. For fans of Jojo Moyes and Jenny Colgan.

Ever since The Incident, James DeWitt has stayed on the safe side.

He likes to know what happens next.

Danny Allen is not on the safe side. He is more past the point of no return.

But it's funny the way life is sometimes. Just when you think you know how everything is, it surprises you.

And redemption can come in the most unlikely forms . . .

Warm, witty and wise, Mike Gayle's new novel is a powerful story of male friendship and what we mean by success, reminding us of the simple courage at the heart of every human life.

Praise for THE MAN I THINK I KNOW:

"Oh my god, what a beautiful, tender, unexpected story. It uplifted me a lot. It was LOVELY." - Marian Keyes, author of The Break.

"That rarest of things; a moving, beautifully written novel about male friendship. The Man I Thought I Knew is a truthful, wise and wonderfully redemptive story about men stripped bare of the traditional ideals of masculinity - success, strength, power - learning to face up to the real world. I absolutely loved it." – Lisa Jewell, author of And Then She Was Gone

"Loved this novel – insightful, moving and funny. Read it." - Freya North, author of The Turning Point

"A very special book. A moving, thought-provoking storyline told with humour and insight. I loved the distinctive voices of James and Danny and really missed them when I finished it!" – Tracey Rees, author of The Hourglass and Florence Grace

"Mike is always wise and wonderful, but this is a whole new departure for him- read it!" – Jenny Colgan, author of The Summer Seaside Kitchen

"I thought it was beautifully written, thought-provoking and completely charming. Mike does a wonderful job of tackling a tricky subject (ABI) with sensitivity, wit and humour. His story reminds us that the everyday things we take for granted without realising how precious they are, can be snatched away in an instant with catastrophic consequences." – Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

'The Man I think I know by @mikegayle is amazing! Really uplifting and a jolly good read to boot.' - Katie Fforde, author of A Country Escape

"The Man I Think I Know is gloriously good. Touching, uplifting, brave and funny, it's a story of life, second chances and daring to believe in better things. James and Danny's friendship is beautifully portrayed: I was rooting for them from the start and cheering them to the finish. I defy anyone not to fall in love with this book. Downright wonderful!" - Miranda Dickinson, author of Fairytale of New York

"This is a lovely book. Charming, and I mean weapons-grade charming. It's a bit like Eleanor Oliphant, lost souls reaching out for help. I've rarely read anything so lacking in cynicism, so full of kindness. An absolute delight." - Russell T. Davies

"Male friendship is rarely explored in mainstream fiction, and while this book stands out due to its subject, it also impresses because of the writing...You’ll be both laughing and on the edge of tears with this brilliant read" - Fabulous magazine

"Mike Gayle is the king of touching, human stories, and this big-hearted book is his best yet." - Heat

"Powerful story about male friendship." - Hello! Magazine

Reviews and praise for Mike Gayle's books:

"Honest, poignant and very, very funny, Gayle's latest book is an ideal summer read." The Sun on TURNING FORTY

"We're loving being back with our hapless hero Matt. . . moving and funny." Star on TURNING FORTY

"Will raise smiles and have more mature readers wincing in recognition." Sunday Mirror on TURNING FORTY

"TURNING FORTY is as wise, witty and wonderful as all of Mike Gayle's novels - a triumph." Jenny Colgan

"Fun, witty novel from the bestselling author of TURNING THIRTY." Red on TURNING FORTY

'Brilliantly funny' Daily Mail

'Put "buy it" at the top of your to do list' Radio 4 Loose Ends

'An observant offering' Heat on WISH YOU WERE HERE

'This has the makings of another Mike Gayle classic, a spot on, easy beach read. Just add sangria.' Independent on WISH YOU WERE HERE

'More insights into the male psyche... fans will love it' Cosmopolitan on BRAND NEW FRIEND

'The male Bridget Jones' Express on MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND

'Gayle's chatty style sustains a cracking pace' The Times on MR COMMITMENT

'Mike Gayle has carved a whole new literary niche out of the male confessional novel. He’s a publishing phenomenon' Evening Standard on TURNING THIRTY

'With a style similar to David Nicholls, Gayle's writing is incisive, lyrical and very beautiful...It's impossible not to fall in love with the Hope family' (Irish Independent on THE HOPE FAMILY CALENDAR)

Fiction

Publication DetailsNotes
2016

Hodder &Stoughton

Tom Hope is broken. Ever since his wife Laura died he hasn't been the same man, and definitely not the same father. Luckily, however, his mother-in-law Linda is there to pick up the pieces and look after his two struggling daughters, Evie and Lola.
But Tom getting arrested on the first anniversary of his wife's death is the last straw for Linda.
She decides on drastic action, and in a final attempt to make Tom reconnect with his daughters, Linda leaves for Australia. Now, with two fast-maturing girls on his hands, Tom has to learn how to accept his responsibilities and navigate the newly discovered world of single fatherhood - starting immediately.
While Linda finds her journey brings more than she bargained for, Tom suddenly has only himself to rely on.
Will he fall back into grief or finally step up and be the father his girls need?
Bittersweet, funny and sad, THE HOPE FAMILY CALENDAR is a novel about grief, love and family.

2015

Hodder & Stoughton

Joe Clarke is about 78% sure he's just had an affair. Well, that is the beautiful office intern in bed next to him...

But, if Joe really has just cheated, why can't he remember anything about it?

Confused but mortified Joe vows to be a better husband and father. Until his wife Penny puts two and two together and leaves him.

Devastated, Joe will do anything to win his family back. But when he realises that the key to saving his marriage lies in the hands of the mean-spirited ghost of his least favourite ex-girlfriend, Joe knows he's in real trouble.

SEEING OTHER PEOPLE is a hilarious and bittersweet novel about love, parenthood and fidelity and how easy it is to get lost on the way to your own happy ending.

2013

Hodder

THE SEQUEL TO THE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL TURNING THIRTY:

How to turn forty:
1. Set yourself a personal challenge.
2. Clear wardrobe of all age-inappropriate clothing.
3. Relax.

How not to turn forty:
1. Have a complete meltdown . . .

High-flier Matt Beckford's sole ambition is to turn forty with his life sorted. With a Porsche on the drive and a job that requires him to spend more time in BA's club lounge than his own lounge, it looks like things are going in the right direction. But when Matt's wife unexpectedly calls time on their marriage, a chain of events is set in motion that very quickly sees him facing forty broke, homeless and completely alone.

But all is not lost because Matt has a plan . . .

2012

Hodder & Stoughton

The Stag and Hen Weekend is the story of Phil and Helen, a couple in their thirties about to commit their lives to one another . . . that is of course if they can just manage to get through their respective stag and hen weekends (his: Amsterdam; hers: a country house and day spa in the Peak District) without falling apart. Told in the unique form of two separate stories that have common characters as well as themes and conclusion, The Stag and Hen Weekend can be read from front to back or from back to front putting the reader in the driver's seat as to which story they wish to read first. Feisty, fun and thought provoking.

2010

Hodder and Stoughton

Despite the example of their own parents' enduring marriage, the three Bachelor brothers show no signs of settling down. Adam has a string of glamorous girlfriends, but they aren't suitable wife material. Luke has just proposed to Cassie but his refusal to consider having children looks like an insurmountable barrier. And baby of the family Russell is in love with the one woman he can't have.
Then their father announces he has been thrown out of the family home and this forces all three brothers to examine their own priorities
Are all three Bachelor brothers totally hopeless cases or just late starters?

2008

Hodder and Stoughton

Cleverly set around various parties, THE LIFE AND THE SOUL OF THE PARTY revolves around three couples: Chris and Vicky, the seemingly perfect couple whose shiny veneer hides Chris’s affair with a younger woman; Cooper and Laura, whose relationship could be on the brink of a crisis as they head in opposite directions; and Melissa and Paul, who were last together five years ago but could still be so right for one another. This witty, warm and moving book examines a wealth of different relationships with an honesty and reality that is Mike Gayle’s trademark.

2007

Hodder and Stoughton

Their holiday brochure said 18 — 30 …But they’ve just turned 35. After ten years together Charlie Mansell has been dumped by his live-in girlfriend, Sarah. All he wants to do is wallow in misery, but mates Andy and Tom have a better idea: a week of sun, sea and souvlaki in Malia — party capital of the Greek islands. But Charlie and his mates aren’t eighteen any more. Or even under thirty. And it shows. It isn’t the cheap beer, the late nights or even the fast-food that’s the problem. It’s girls. And life. And most of all …each other. Wish You Were Here is a heart-warming, funny and wise tale about love and friendship and how seven days in the sun can change your life forever.

2006

Hodder and Stoughton

When Rob’s girlfriend asks him to leave London and live with her in Manchester, not only will it mean moving cities, it’ll also mean leaving behind his best mate in the entire world. Believing that love conquers all and convinced of his ability to make new friends, Rob takes the plunge. Six months in, and yet to find so much as a regular drinking buddy, Rob realises that sometimes making friends in your thirties can be the hardest thing to do. With drastic action needed, his girlfriend puts an ad in the classifieds for him. Three excruciatingly embarrassing “bloke dates” later, Rob begins to truly despair. Until his luck changes…There’s just one problem. Apart from knowing less than nothing about music trivia, football, and the vital statistics of supermodels, Rob’s new friend has one huge flaw…She’s a girl.

2005

Hodder and Stoughton

From their first meeting at the student union over a decade ago, Jim and Alison succesfully navigated their way through first dates, meeting parents, moving in together and more. Then they split up and divided their wordly goods (including a sofa, a cat and their flat) into his’n'hers. Now, three years later, with new lives and new loves, they couldn’t be happier. Until a chance encounter throws them back together and to embark on a journey through their past to ask themselves the big question – where did it all go wrong, and is it too late to put it right?

2002

Hodder and Stoughton

When Dave Harding holds his friend’s newborn baby, the biological clock he never knew existed starts ticking. Loudly. Which wouldn’t be so bad except his partner Izzy has no nine-month plans for fat ankles or trips to Baby Gap. Then the music mag folds and Dave is temporarily forced to become Agony Uncle for ‘Teen Scene’. Knee deep in the adolescent outpourings of his readership, Dave opens one letter from a girl who doesn’t want advice about boys – she wants to know about Dave. Because she’s convinced that Dave Harding is her dad. And she’s got the facts to prove it.

2001

Hodder and Stoughton

Unlike most people Matt Beckford is actually looking forward to turning thirty. After struggling through most of his twenties he thinks his career, finances and love life are finally sorted. But when he splits up with his girlfriend, he realises that life has different plans for him. Unable to cope with his future falling apart Matt temporarily moves back to his parents. During his enforced exodus only his old school mates can keep him sane. Friends he hasn’t seen since he was nineteen. Back together after a decade apart. But things will never be the same for any of them because when you’re turning thirty nothing’s as simple as it used to be.

2000

Hodder and Stoughton

After twenty-eight years of shirking responsibility Duffy’s finally realising that he can’t extend his adolescence forever. His low-paid temping job is threatening permanency. His gradually receding hairline is depressing him greatly. And if that’s not enough his long-suffering girlfriend, Mel, wants to get engaged. Trips to IKEA, dinner parties with married couples and talk of babies, however, are giving Duffy cold feet. He doesn’t have many worldly goods to share – apart from the remote control for his TV, the beers in the fridge and his record collection – but can he really put his hand on his heart and say “I do’? He knows Mel’s the one for him, so why is it he’d feel happier swapping “Till death us do part’ for “Renewable on a four year basis’?But the choice is: All or nothing. Now or never. Mel or no Mel.

So after a lifetime as Mr Irresponsible does Duffy have what it takes to become Mr Commitment?

1999

Hodder and Stoughton

Meet Will Kelly. English teacher. Film fan. King of sandwich construction. Still in love with The One, desperately searching for An-Other One. In his decrepit flat, Will’s lifeline is the telephone. There’s Alice (who remembers his birthday), Simon (who doesn’t), Martina (the one-night stand), Kate (the previous tenant of his rented Archway fleapit) and of course Aggi – the inimitable Aggi. His Legendary Girlfriend. Or is she? Two men, three women and a donkey called Sandy…basically it’s your classic love hexagon.

Non-Fiction

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2009

Hodder and Stoughton

Mike Gayle is nowhere near being a proper adult – even though his tenth wedding anniversary is looming; his second child is due any moment; and in less than twenty-four hours he is going to be officially closer to forty than he is to thirty. Appalled by this lack of maturity, Mike draws up a To-Do list containing every single item he’s been meaning to do but just keeps putting off... He's got a lot of stuff that needs doing. But unlike previous To-Do lists, he promises himself that this one will actually get DONE. And along the way, Mike will learn stuff about life (323), love (999), friends (1004) and family (9) and finally work out what it means to be a grown up (846).