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Turning Forty

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Turning Forty, Mike Gayle, book reviewIf you really want to know what makes men tick, you need look no further than any of Mike Gayle’s wonderfully funny and insightful novels. ‘Turning Forty’ is one such book that so many readers will identify with – facing up to getting older and trying to determine what one wants from life. Turning Forty, however, is written from the male perspective so, unsurprisingly, there is no mention of discovering stray grey hairs and wrinkles that suddenly appear overnight. Instead there are crises over women and too much beer but the same overwhelming urge to find some sort of direction as middle age approaches.

Turning Forty is about Matt Beckford, who (and this will come as no surprise) is rapidly approaching the ripe old age of forty.


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The Stag and Hen Weekend

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The Stag and Hen Weekend, Mike Gayle, book reviewIf I am looking for a light and entertaining read then I am always happy to pick up any of Mike Gayle’s books. His novels are always amusing and provide a fabulous insight into a lad’s point of view. In his latest book, The Stag and Hen Weekend, the readers still gets this but they are also treated to the female perspective too. To be honest, this is really two books in one as the reader is invited along on both Helen’s hen weekend at a country spa and Phil’s stag weekend in Amsterdam. This couple have been together about ten years and finally after turning down Phil’s numerous proposals, Helen finally popped the question herself. Helen has quite a bit of emotional baggage though especially as she nearly made it to the altar once before until she discovered what a lying cheat her former fiancé really was. Not that that is likely to be the case with Phil though who she knows really loves her.


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The To-Do List

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The To-do List By Mike Gayle, book reviewI’ve read quite a few of Mike Gayle’s novels and have always enjoyed his ‘lad lit’ style of writing and his easy going styles. I had recently bought his book The To-Do List thinking that it would be similar to his other books but in actual fact it is quite different. The reason why I say this is because this book is not fiction but relates events that took place during his thirty seventh year as he attempted to complete his very very long to-do list that he had been putting off for years! The idea behind the book reminded me very much of some of Dave Gorman’s or Danny Wallace’s books where they also have set themselves seemingly unachievable madcap challenges. Despite my initial disappointment that this was not another of Mike Gayle’s wonderful novels, I did really enjoy reading it.


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Dinner for Two

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Dinner for Two by Mike GayleI have loved every book of Mike Gayle’s books that I have read and ‘Dinner for Two’ is absolutely no exception. From the moment that I started reading the book I felt that an old friend was chatting to me and I just wanted to keep on reading – so much so that I finished the book in just three days which is quite a feat for me (having two young daughters and a part time job!)

Dinner for Two tells the story of journalist Mike Harding and his wife Izzy. They both work in magazines and have busy successful careers so the last thing on either of their minds is about starting a family. That is until Izzy suddenly discovers that she is pregnant but then sadly loses the baby. This could either throw their relationship into turmoil or make their relationship stronger.

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