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Mayflies

Mayflies

ISBN
9780571273683
Published
03/09/2020
9780571273683
Format
Hardback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
288

About the Book

*** 'Mayflies is one of those novels to press into the hands of friends... I adored this book.' Carol Ann Duffy ***

'A life-enhancing novelIt will stay with you and you will want to read it again.' Alan Massie, Scotsman
'A joyful, warm and heart-filling tribute to the million-petalled flower of male friendship.' John Self, The Times

A heartbreaking novel of an extraordinary lifelong friendship.

Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life.

In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, James and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit. With school over and the locked world of their fathers before them, they rush towards the climax of their youth: a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicentre of everything that inspires them in working-class Britain. There, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded, a vow is made: to go at life differently. Thirty years on, half a life away, the phone rings. Tully has news.

Mayflies is a memorial to youth’s euphorias and to everyday tragedy. A tender goodbye to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.

*** 'Mayflies is one of those novels to press into the hands of friends... I adored this book.' Carol Ann Duffy ***'A life-enhancing novel… It will stay with you and you will want to read it again.' Alan Massie, Scotsman'A joyful, warm and heart-filling tribute to the million-petalled flower of male friendship.' John Self, The TimesA heartbreaking novel of an extraordinary lifelong friendship.Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life.In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, James and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit. With school over and the locked world of their fathers before them, they rush towards the climax of their youth: a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicentre of everything that inspires them in working-class Britain. There, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded, a vow is made: to go at life differently. Thirty years on, half a life away, the phone rings. Tully has news.Mayflies is a memorial to youth’s euphorias and to everyday tragedy. A tender goodbye to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.
  • Andrew O'Hagan

    Andrew O'Hagan is one of his generation's most exciting and most serious chroniclers of contemporary Britain. Following two previous nominations, his latest novel, The Illuminations, has been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. He was voted one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. He has won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He lives in London.

    Photo credit: Christina Jansen

“Mayflies is one of those novels to press into the hands of friends. Beautifully written — wise, funny, poetic, alert to time, place and the ordinary human... I adored this book.”
- Carol Ann Duffy
“Mayflies is entirely unexpected; a joyful, warm and heart-filling tribute to the million-petalled flower of male friendship… This book will last beyond these feverish times: it’s not just a reminder that culture makes the worst things bearable, but a beautiful example of it in action.”
- The Times