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Turning Forty by Mike Gayle

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Ten years ago we had Mike Gayle’s take on Matthew turning thirty. Now he’s rising forty and has really done little with his life. He is divorcing his wife, losing his house (with a shed!) and going back to live with mum in Birmingham. Catching up with old mates and old flames and joining the dating scene add to his complications. It all gets a bit messy and we eventually leave Matthew older but not a lot wiser, looking towards fifty. This takes a good look at dating for a mature man in the 21st century. It is very true to life which I am sure many readers will empathise with. He has a lovely style.

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Turning Forty by Mike Gayle

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. And 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 ...


Praise for The Stag and Hen Weekend:

'Gayle back at his best'

'The Brummie author is particularly adept at depicting male and female characters with equal conviction ... He affords his characters patience, and his plots all move along swimmingly on the back of his clear and comfy prose ... The execution is pretty damn smart'
Book of the Week **** Daily Mirror

'Unique, funny and full of drama, we loved this story's twist ... Genius!'


About the Author

Previously an Agony Uncle, Mike Gayle is a freelance journalist who has contributed to a variety of magazines including FHM, Sunday Times, Style and Cosmopolitan. He is the author of eight previous bestselling novels. He has been selected for the 2011 Quick Read programme and been a judge for the Prince Maurice literary love story award 2010.

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27th March 2014


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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


400 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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