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An observant offering, Heat
This book explores the strength of friendship, getting older and settling down with forthright honesty and humour. Wise, witty and with endearing characters, this is a feel-good read with lots of laughs., Woman
The prolific Mike Gayle knows a thing or two about the male psyche, and how not even an extended adolescence will prevent the pain from catching up in the end., Herald
If we needed more proof that men don't think like women, then Wish You Were Here delivers it in extra strength doses . . . A fun story of three 30 somethings as they come to rueful - and thankful - realisation that they are no longer 18., Candis
This book makes great beach reading . . . A heartwarming and funny tale., Love It!
A delightfully witty tale, Star --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Mike Gayle was born and raised in Birmingham. After graduating from Salford University with a degree in Sociology, he moved to London to pursue a career in journalism and worked as a Features Editor and agony uncle. He has written for a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, the Guardian and Cosmopolitan.
Mike became a full time novelist in 1997 following the publication of his Sunday Times top ten bestseller My Legendary Girlfriend, which was hailed by the Independent as 'full of belly laughs and painfully acute observations,' and by The Times as 'a funny, frank account of a hopeless romantic'. Since then he has written thirteen novels including Mr Commitment, Turning Thirty and The Man I Think I Know. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.
You can find him online at mikegayle.co.uk and on Twitter @mikegayle.
- File Size : 2353 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 385 pages
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (20 December 2012)
- ASIN : B00BM7XU02
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: 482,687 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Firstly, for much of the novel, nothing actually happens. We only get plot points starting to kick in about halfway through the narrative. Now, of course a novel does not HAVE to be plot-driven but this one clearly is; the characters are far too vaguely drawn for it to be anything else.
Secondly, the characters are utterly unconvincing as people. Heck, the central three men aren’t even convincing as men. At one point, Charlie (or should that be Charlotte) gets a hankering for some ‘retail therapy’. Seriously? A bloke on holiday in Crete – sun, sea, booze, birds – and he wants to go SHOPPING? He then agonises about what he’s wearing “My back-up ensemble, a pair of beige trousers and a white patterned shirt, had never been matched together before and though technically they should have had no trouble getting on together, for some reason the whole thing didn’t quite work.” Later, he complains about being “left on his own” for a day. Really, fella, dry your eyes and strap on a pair. The other two male characters are equally needy and the trio just don’t engage with each other as men do. I expected them to have a night in watching Dirty Dancing, drinking Cosmopolitans and experimenting with make-up. I know we’re meant to be all metrosexual these days but there’s a certain honesty and directness (and clumsiness) about how men relate to each other and it’s just not reflected in this book.
Thirdly, there are some odd factual errors. Gayle describes a Greek taxi driver as surly and resentful. When this same driver deposits Charlie and Tom in a village for the evening, the locals scrutinise the exotic incomers with suspicion. This is nonsense. Anyone who has visited Greece knows that they are some of the most friendly, courteous, welcoming folk in Europe. Gayle also seems to think that the cathedral in Heraklion is Roman Catholic. I have no words.
The closest I came to feeling any sympathy for any of the characters was when it transpired that Charlie had taken only three books on holiday with him. And one of them was by Dan Brown. The humanity.
As a literary experience, this is like reading a novel length version of one of those short stories in women’s magazines, written by someone who’s been on a creative writing course in the Lake District. Don’t get me wrong; there’s some good chick lit out there – Me Before You was a book group choice recently and it was rather good. Mike Gayle seems to have carved himself out a niche in the beach read market and good luck to him but he’s not for me.