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Mayflies

Andrew O’Hagan

A heartbreaking novel of an extraordinary lifelong friendship.

415 in stock

£14.99
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571273683
Date Published
03.09.2020
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Summary

Winner of the Christopher Isherwood Prize

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

‘A beautiful ode to lost youth and male friendship written by one of our sharpest observers of modern masculinity.’ Douglas Stuart

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.

Critic Reviews

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
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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
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A rare thing: a life-enhancing novel about death… It will stay with you and you will want to read it again.

Scotsman
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Life-loving and elegiac.

Observer
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A delightful nostalgia trip of enduring teenage friendship ... an affecting and evocative picture of an era and a relationship.

Daily Telegraph
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O’Hagan has written a tight, delicate and soulful novel ... about the power of enduring friendship.

Sunday Times
AndrewO'Hagan

Andrew O’Hagan was born in Glasgow. He has been nominated for the Booker Prize, was voted one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and he won the E. M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is Editor-at-Large of the London Review of Books and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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