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Brand New Friend [Paperback]

Mike Gayle
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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12 Sep 2005

When Rob's girlfriend asks him to leave London and live with her in Manchester not only will it mean moving cities and changing the only job he's ever had, it'll also mean leaving behind his best mate in the entire world. Believing that love conquers all and convinced of his ability to make new friends, Rob takes the plunge.

Six months, and yet to find so much as a regular drinking buddy, Rob realises that sometimes making friends in your thirties can be the hardest thing to do. With drastic action needed, his girlfriend puts an ad in the classifieds for him, but after three excruciatingly embarrassing "bloke dates" Rob begins to truly despair. Until his luck changes...

There's just one problem. Apart from knowing less than nothing about music trivia, football, and the vital statistics of supermodels, Rob's new friend has one huge flaw... She's a girl.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (12 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340825391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340825396
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.1 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Previously an Agony Uncle, Mike Gayle is a freelance journalist who has contributed to a variety of magazines including FHM, Sunday Times Style and Cosmopolitan. He is the author of eight previous bestselling novels.

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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)

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Finding friends is hard to do...

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brilliant Book by Mike Gayle 18 Sep 2005
This book is very typical of Mike Gayle's style. I started reading the book Friday night - now two days later it's finished, and I am left with a warm satisfied feeling. As usual with Mike Gayle, this book is a look into relationships. At times I felt happy and elated, at other times I was sobbing for the characters. Highly recommend this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Another excellent helping of Mike Gayle, just as good, if not better than his others.
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!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gayle does it again 2 May 2006
Great, fab, wonderful. I have read all Mike Gayles books and find myself waiting for his next title to you can imagine my joy when i realised "A Brand New Friend" had been released in time for my holiday, I read it in a day! You just have to know what happens. It was the usual mix of humour and raw emotion, i found myself laughing out loud, and at times just aching for the predicament of the characters. Another great, great book.....keep them coming. Highly recommended
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently good 9 Jun 2006
By S. Shaw
Just to echo a lot of the other reviews on here, Mike Gayle has delivered another excellent offering. They are never going to stretch the brain too much but they do tap into the male mind so well.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brand New Fan 13 Mar 2006
By A Customer
I am a new convert to Mike Gayle and this is the first novel of his I have read (I actually only bought it as it was a perfect partner with Steve Horsfall's You Are Here).The story sees the central character, Rob, moving to a new city to be with his girlfriend, but then finding he has no mates - his best new friend turns out to be another girl. A simple and breezy plot, written with wit and great insight into relationships. I loved it and will now go back and read some more Mike Gyale books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Along with Nick Hornby has really found the voice of the married thirty old male. Definately has a voice that both sexes will enjoy. Sometimes in the past you get the feeling that he deinately writes his books without planning the ending but this is perhaps his stongest ending yet and in someways is the most satisfying.
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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The same, but different... 18 Oct 2006
Mike Gayle has easily become one of my go to authours. When he comes out with a new book I am amungst the first to order it, when I am in a slump and want to read something that is sure to give me a chuckle I pick up a Mike Gayle book. His voice is always fresh and his story lines are certianly not typical and in his latest 'BRAND NEW FRIEND' he delivers all that fans have come to expect from him.

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 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...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book for the ladies 8 July 2006
Firstly let me say that Mike Gayle is my favourite author. However this book was not one of his best. His previous books could be enjoyed by male and female readers. Being a male myself, I did not feel 'Brand New Friends' appealed to me, but I would imagine that the female reader would get more out of this book.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read!
A real heart felt story.
This book is about a man trying to make friends.....easier said than done in your 30s! Read more
Published 7 months ago by loving_blonde
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I just love this writer and this book is one equally as good as all of his other books . Well done Mike Gayle!
Published 8 months ago by heather mackie-badawi
3.0 out of 5 stars A first quick review
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 9 months ago by P Hibbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Light, funny, good!
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Veronika
2.0 out of 5 stars Kinda slow
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Bubble
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot - uninspired prose
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 more
Published 14 months ago by Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly written
Another cleverly written tale by Mike Gayle, consolidating his place as a master of using the internal male psyche to explore the world in many interesting ways. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Natalie Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Not great literature, but a great read
I read this in one sitting -really good story, with a satisfactory ending. Mike Gayle's writing almost goes down too easily - a bit like Cadbury's Dairy Milk - really nice and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. G. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Mike Gayle book
I have just finished this book in front of the fire on a bean bag when really i should have been doing coursework! I found it funny and touching. Read more
Published 18 months ago by K. Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - perhaps it's only for blokes?
I enjoy a bit of chic lit on holiday, so I thought I'd give lad lit a go, and get a bit of an insight into how the other half thinks. But it turned out not to work like that. Read more
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