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The Man I Think I Know By Mike Gayle

The Man I Think I Know‘The Man I Think I Know’ is the latest book by Mike Gayle.

Whatever happens to those kids at school who are always being tipped to be stars in adult life? Danny Morgan and James McManus – rivals for top honours in everything throughout their school years in Birmingham. Whatever their friends and teachers might have expected, neither Danny nor James is currently running the country. Depressed and unemployed, Danny is facing an ultimatum from his girlfriend Maya: if he doesn’t get out and get a job, she’s leaving. It was an accident that changed James’s life and now he is looked after affectionately by his parents. But his sister Martha believes that the role of full-time carers is destroying their lives – and infantilising her brother. She suggests that James should go into a respite home while her parents take a break. The respite home, as it turns out, where Danny has just got a job. What is the path that has brought these two people to this unexpected place, and where will it take them next?

When it comes to stories of new beginnings, friendship and starting over, Mike Gayle is an absolute pro at this and in his latest book ‘The Man I Think I Know’, we meet two very different men who share an exceptional bond.

Danny Allen is a gifted man who excelled at school, from a poor background, his family were so proud of him and thought he was going to make something of his life. But, tragically things don’t work out and Danny finds himself, unemployed, single and alone. Like Danny, James has an exciting future ahead of him but an accident rips him off of his independence and mentality and he finds himself struggling in life, wanting much more but unable to achieve it. Tried of his mother cutting up his dinner, he runs into Danny and remembers him from school and asks him to become his carer and help him take some of his life back.

I loved this story, it’s a tender tale of friendship between two men trying to make better lives for each other but faced with struggles along the way.

The story is cleverly seen through the narrative of both men and gives a great insight into their thoughts. Danny is a lovely man, he’s kind with a heart of gold but has faced so many problems, he’s become accustomed to failure and feels like he’s useless. But when he meets James, he gives him responsibility and a purpose. James is a smart and frustrated man, with once a bright future, he struggles to communicate with people and longs for the life that was cruelly taken away from him.

Between the two of them, they form a strong bond, a need and a responsibility to help each other lead a happier and more fulfilling life. Their moments together are delightfully funny and tender as they share moments and help each other along.

This is a beautifully written story about friendship and independence. Riddled with frustation, dermination and humour along the way, this book is a story of two broken souls who find solace and comfort in each other’s pain, but manage to come out the other side stronger and happier. A thoughtful and reflective tale about male friendships, their insecurities and heartbreak along the way. A wonderful story from start to finish.

You can pre-order The Man I Think I Know from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th April 2018.

Book News – The Man I Think I Know By Mike Gayle

The Man I Think I KnowOne of my favourite British authors, Mike Gayle is back with a new book in 2018 called ‘The Man I Think I Know’.

What the back cover says –

Whatever happens to those kids at school who are always being tipped to be stars in adult life?

Danny Morgan and James McManus – rivals for top honours in everything throughout their school years in Birmingham.

Whatever their friends and teachers might have expected, neither Danny nor James is currently running the country.

Depressed and unemployed, Danny is facing an ultimatum from his girlfriend Maya: if he doesn’t get out and get a job, she’s leaving.

It was an accident that changed James’s life and now he is looked after affectionately by his parents. But his sister Martha believes that the role of full-time carers is destroying their lives – and infantilising her brother.

She suggests that James should go into a respite home while her parents take a break.

The respite home, as it turns out, where Danny has just got a job.

What is the path that has brought these two people to this unexpected place, and where will it take them next?

I’ve been so lucky to have received a proof copy of the book and I have spent the last couple of days reading this warm hearted story and I have to say that I am truly loving it so far.

You can pre-order The Man I Think I Know from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th April 2018.

The Hope Family Calendar By Mike Gayle

The Hope Family CalendarMike Gayle is back with a new book this Autumn called ‘The Hope Family Calendar’

Tom Hope is broken. Ever since his wife Laura died he hasn’t been the same man, and definitely not the same father. Luckily for Tom his mother-in-law Linda is around 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.
In a last bid attempt to make Tom reconnect with his daughters she takes drastic action and leaves for Australia. With two fast-maturing daughters Tom has to learn how to accept his responsibilities and navigate the newly discovered world of single fatherhood – starting immediately. With only himself to rely on, will Tom fall back into grief or finally step up and be the father his girls need?

In Mike’s latest book, we meet Tom Hope, a man who’s heart is broken after his wife was tragically killed in a car accident. Overcome with grief and not wanting to face up to the truth, he throws himself into his work and leaves the care of his two daughters to his sympathetic and understanding mother in law, Linda. But as the time draws closer to the anniversary of Laura’s death, Linda decides that it’s time for her to start living and for Tom to act like a father to his daughters, who he has kept his distance from.

Linda, decides to travel to Australia, to fulfil a life long dream of visiting one of her best friends and hopes that with this sudden break, Tom will step up to the plate and begin to behave like the father that he was before Laura died.

The story is about two people who deal with grief differently, we have Linda who naturally steps into the role of mother, she looks after the two little girls and helps them understand as best they can why their mother is no longer around, she’s gentle and sweet and does everything with little or no complaint. Meanwhile Tom, can’t handle the thought of Laura not being around, he finds it difficult to express his emotions and finds it easier to work than spend time in the house and be surrounded by everything that reminds him of what used to be.

With Linda’s sudden departure to Australia, Tom takes a break from work, to devote to getting to know his little girls all over game, this makes for sweet and tender reading as the small unit interact and tentatively get to know each other and deal with their combined grief and pain for the mother that was taken away. As Tom grows in strength, we see a man become more happier and confident in himself as he realises that he can cope as a single parent family and with new friends and relationships along the way, the future is a little bit brighter. Whilst on the other side of the world, Linda has to deal with having time to herself and looking after her needs instead of her family.

A sensitively written story that made for poignant and bittersweet reading, Mike returns with a beautiful tale about starting over and putting ghosts to rest.

You can buy The Hope Family Calendar from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Mike Gayle Reveals New Book – The Hope Family Calendar

The Hope Family CalendarMike Gayle is back with a new book this Autumn called ‘The Hope Family Calendar’

The story of ‘The Hope Family Calendar’ is –

Tom Hope is broken. Ever since his wife Laura died he hasn’t been the same man, and definitely not the same father. Luckily for Tom his mother-in-law Linda is around 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.
In a last bid attempt to make Tom reconnect with his daughters she takes drastic action and leaves for Australia. With two fast-maturing daughters Tom has to learn how to accept his responsibilities and navigate the newly discovered world of single fatherhood – starting immediately.

With only himself to rely on, will Tom fall back into grief or finally step up and be the father his girls need?

As a huge fan of Mike’s, I’m really looking forward to reading ‘The Hope Family Calendar’

You can pre-order The Hope Family Calendar from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 20th October 2016.

Seeing Other People By Mike Gayle

Seeing Other People‘Seeing Other People’ is Mike Gayle’s latest book.

Father of two Joe Clarke, is about seventy-eight per cent sure he’s just had an affair. After all that is the hopelessly attractive office intern in bed next to him, isn’t it? But then again if he did have an affair why can’t he remember anything at all about the night in question? Mortified by his mistake, Joe vows to be a better man. But when his adored wife Penny puts two and two together and leaves him, things start to take a turn for the decidedly strange. Joe is told for a fact that he didn’t have an affair after all. He just thinks he did. Which is great news . . . or at least it would be if the person who’d just delivered it wasn’t the crisp-eating, overly perfumed and mean-spirited ghost of his least favourite ex-girlfriend . .

Mike Gayle is back with another cracker of a book and just like his previous stories, it gives the male perspective of love and fidelity with unexpected twists and turns as well as an injection of his signature wit.

The story is seen from the perspective of Joe Clarke, a happily married journalist with two children who wakes up naked in a bed that isn’t his own with a pretty young intern also lying naked beside him. Distraught and guilt ridden at the thought of cheating on his wife, Joe racks his brains to see if he did indeed cheat on Penny but the night is coming up a blank. As Joe tries to move on from that night, he receives the news that his ex-girlfriend was killed in a freak tennis accident. Even though Joe doesn’t doesn’t particularly harbour warm, fuzzy feelings towards his boss and controlling ex, his presence is requested at the funeral and that’s when Joe’s life spirals even more out of his normality as he begins to see Fiona and she’s even more bitchy now that she’s dead.

The story then flows from the time leading up to that night and after as Joe battles with his guilt, Penny figures out about that illicit night and finally Fiona keeps appearing, reeking of ‘Poison’ by Dior and taunting him. Life is not easy for Joe.

Joe is an interesting character, hardworking, he idolises his children and his wife and for all his faults, can’t believe that he would throw away in one stupid mistake. But as he tries to make amends, it seems that with every step he takes, he has take another three back. Fortunately, he finds support with his new group of friends from the Divorced Fathers Club, a collection of men whose marriages didn’t work out and struggle to see their children, Joe became friends with these men after interviewing them for his newspaper and with group of chatty and vibrant characters offer him support him during the first while of being a single father.

I’ve been a fan of Mike’s books for years, he approaches love with fact and clever writing, that draws the reader in, curious to find out what will next. Whether it’s the breakdown of Joe’s once perfect marriage or the appearance of mad bitter girlfriend, there is rarely a quiet moment in this bittersweet tale. Even though the story is about infidelity and the breakdown of a marriage, there are a few lighthearted moments, that make for enjoyable reading particularly with scenes that Fiona featured in with her sharp wit and insulting mouth.

A cleverly written story from the very beginning,’Seeing Other People’ is a heartwarming and unexpected book about family, love and second chances.

You can buy Seeing Other People from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.