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Andrew O’Hagan

A heartbreaking novel of an extraordinary lifelong friendship.

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‘A stunning novel.’ Graham Norton

Winner of the Christopher Isherwood Prize
Shortlisted for the Portico Prize

GuardianSpectatorSunday TimesFinancial Times and Evening Standard Book of the Year

‘Funny, passionate, heartbreaking.’ Tracey Thorn

‘Life-enhancing.’ Scotsman

‘Unforgettable.’ Cólm Toibín

‘Spectacular.’ Books of the Year, Spectator

‘An incredible book . . . about men and how important friendship can be to men.’ 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.

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.

Critic Reviews

An immensely engaging writer: wry and witty, and insightful.

Sunday Times
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A vivid and meticulous writer.


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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