- Hardcover: 375 pages
- Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd; Large Print edition edition (1 July 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846173477
- ISBN-13: 978-1846173479
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,416,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Brand New Friend (Charnwood Large Print) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Jul 2006
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'Funny and well observed, this is the perfect summer read'. (Sunday Express)
'More insights into the male psyche... fans will love it' (Cosmopolitan)
'Funny and well-observed, this is another sure-fire hit.' (Heat)
'A warm, funny tale of friendships between men and women and how they will never work' (Easy Living)
'Mike Gayle's written about it all' (Select Living) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Finding friends is hard to do... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Witty, full of insight into the workings of the male mind, Gayle expresses the confusion of male/female and male/male friendships brilliantly.
Oh, and any author who manages to write a whole page about the great 80s rock legends Van Halen, deserves 6 stars!
Gayle always gives you great, believable characters and is so in touch with modern society. Rob is no different, he's an instantly likeable character, I could easily see elements of myself in him.
I'd thoroughly recommend this book, and all of Gayle's others.
Gayle has a knack for taking his readers on a laugh-out-loud funny journey into the male mind. Unfortunately it seems that all the men in his books are pretty similar (which makes me wonder...is that so unrealistic?) they love a good beer, hanging out with their friends in crappy bars, music, and talking about nothing (okay so it is pretty realistic!). But somehow he comes up with innovative story lines that force these men to make some tough decisions and examine feelings that they would much rather be kept buried. Gayle never, in my opinion, takes unrealistic turns in order to wrap the story up in a neat little package...everything doesn't always end up the way we would hope and 'BRAND NEW FRIEND'is no exception.
When Rob decided to take the plunge and move in with his girlfriend of two years, Ashley, he is forced to leave behind one of his most cherished assets...his friends. Because of Ashley's job Rob moves to Manchester two hours outside of his home town of London and is forced to try to make a new life for himself but that is not as easy as it sounds. Six months into the move and Rob has not yet made one single new friend, and not for lack of trying. After numerous "bloke dates" orchestrated by Ashley Rob is just about at the end of his rope when he meets Jo. She and Rob have everything in common and have the potential to be great friends...Read more ›
The story is simple and whilst perhaps the dialogue could have been stronger the "thoughts" of the central character more than make up for any dialogue shortcomings.
Still suprised that Gayle doesn't seem to have made any real impact on any best selling charts
If this is your first Mike Gayle book, I would recommend that you forget about it, to avoid disappointment and try 'his 'n' hers' or 'my legendary girfriend, first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Written in Mike Gayle usual style which I love. This is the first book I have got into for ages. It's light reading a bit sad and very easy to read. Give it a go it's worth a readPublished 2 months ago by Bonny
Absolute rubbish. I'm not a fan of his blokey lead character, I couldn't identify with him at all. He was feckless and annoying. Do people like this actually exist? Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. Neil D. Armour
A real heart felt story.
This book is about a man trying to make friends.....easier said than done in your 30s! Read more
I just love this writer and this book is one equally as good as all of his other books . Well done Mike Gayle!Published on 15 Dec. 2013 by heather mackie-badawi
I was a little disappointed with the ending. I was gripped throughout the rest of the book. Not as good as some of his other books.Published on 17 Nov. 2013 by P Hibbert
This story will make you smile - well the ending will. Heartwarming I think in many ways especailly for those out there who had/has friendships with the opposit sex. Read morePublished on 10 July 2013 by Veronika
I found this pretty slow going, especially the first half, it was just about a sulky fussy bloke and which pubs he'd visited. Read morePublished on 5 July 2013 by Bubble
Rob has his group of mates, they understand one another, can count on each other, but while living in London Rob's girlfriend lives in Manchester. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2013 by Benjamin