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Winner of the Christopher Isherwood Prize
Shortlisted for the Portico Prize
A Guardian, Spectator, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Evening Standard Book of the Year
‘What a stunning novel.’ Graham Norton
‘Funny, passionate, heartbreaking.’ Tracey Thorn
‘Unforgettable.’ Cólm Toibín
‘Spectacular.’ Books of the Year, Spectator
‘A beautiful ode to lost youth and male friendship written by one of our sharpest observers of modern masculinity.’ Douglas Stuart
‘My god this is gorgeous. Wild, wise, wonderful . . . Absolutely brilliant.’ Russell T Davies
Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life.
In the summer of 1986, James and Tully ignite a friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit. With school over, they rush towards a magical weekend of youthful excess in Manchester played out against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded. And there a vow is made: to go at life differently.
Thirty years on, the phone rings. Tully has news.
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.
An immensely engaging writer: wry and witty, and insightful.
A vivid and meticulous writer.
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