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The Hope Family Calendar

by Mike Gayle

The Hope Family Calendar Synopsis

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.

The Hope Family Calendar Press Reviews

Wise, witty and with endearing characters, this is a feel-good-read with lots of laughs. * Woman on WISH YOU WERE HERE * Mike Gayle has carved a whole new niche out of the male confessional novel. * Evening Standard on WISH YOU WERE HERE * Unique, funny and full of drama . . . Genius! -- Closer on THE STAG AND HEN WEEKEND Wise, witty and wonderful . . . a triumph! -- Jenny Colgan on TURNING FORTY A funny and frank account of a hopeless romantic. * The Times on MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND * Not just readable, fresh and witty, but sophisticated in execution . . . funny but also poignant. * Independent on Sunday on TURNING THIRTY * Praise for Mike Gayle * : * A delightfully easy and poignant read. * Closer * An emotional and surprisingly funny story you'll want to read in one sitting. * Fabulous * The Hope Family Calendar is the most heart-wrenching novel I've read this year...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 * I didn't move a muscle for a whole afternoon in my eagerness to finish this book. Gayle writes with such warmth and wisdom about the human condition, at the same time creating a page-turner in this charming family tale which centres so movingly around unbearable loss. His easy, confident writing style draws you in to become another member of the Hope family and share with them the - often humorous - ups and downs of learning to live again after bereavement. Neither Tom nor Linda - the main characters - are perfect, but both are endearingly real. I highly recommend this novel - I know it will stay with me for a long time. -- Hilary Boyd, author of Thursdays in the Park

Book Information

ISBN: 9781473628403
Publication date: 1st June 2016
Author: Mike Gayle
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Mike Gayle

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. His bestselling novels include MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND, MR COMMITMENT, TURNING THIRTY, HIS 'N' HERS and BRAND NEW FRIEND. He keeps a website at www.mikegayle.co.uk and can be found on Facebook and on twitter.com/mikegayle

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