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Mike Gayle
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7 Feb 2002
Mike Gayle's new novel is the wickedly perceptive story of a magazine agony uncle and a couple - and what happens after the happily ever after.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (7 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840324287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844563890
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,412,359 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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Dinner for Two, the fourth novel from Mike Gayle, is, like its predecessors, a "blokes can be sensitive too" gander at the complicated lives of late twenty/thirtysomething Londoners. Dave Harding is a "serious music" journalist for Louder magazine, a publication "staffed by pro-faced boys who think that the more obscure the band is the cooler they are". When Louder folds Dave finds himself penning articles for Femme, a women's glossy edited by his beloved wife, Izzy, and then lands a job as the agony uncle of Teen Scene, a boy-band saturated magazine for adolescent girls. (Gayle was himself a jobbing journalist and agony uncle and in the interest of realism (or economy) re-purposes some of his own pieces for Cosmo etc. here.)

"Love Doctor" Dave finds, to his immense surprise, he rather enjoys his new career, soon he's dispensing romantic advice to correspondents, friends and colleagues with gay abandon. Since Izzy's recent miscarriage however, Dave has been obsessed with one thing: babies. At 31, he wants, more than anything else, to become a father, that is until he receives an astonishing letter from Nicola, a 13-year-old Teen Scene reader. Nicola claims that Dave is her Dad. After a few clandestine meetings in McDonalds and Burger Kings he's convinced but should he tell Izzy anything? True to his gender he dithers with predictably catastrophic, well, to be completely honest, mildly (and only briefly) unfortunate results.--Travis Elborough --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'Full of belly-laughs and painfully acute observations' (Independent on Sunday on MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND)

'Something near to mid-period Woody Allen... a delicate blend of realism and whimsy...funny and clever...refreshing to find a male writer working in this genre' (Guardian on MR COMMITMENT)

'A warm, funny romantic comedy' (Daily Mail on TURNING THIRTY)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly warm and chock full of charm. 18 Feb 2002
As a confirmed Gayle addict, I have been waiting for the difficult second album syndrome to set in with each new novel - surely he must write a dodgy book soon. The odds were therefore high on this, his fourth novel, being crap but I think I love it even more than the others. It's warm and welcoming. Yet again he seems to have written a book that mirrors my thoughts and feelings at this stage of my 30-something life. You find yourself developing a genuine concern for all the key characters in the book and I particularly liked the young girl, Nicola. What a cool kid! I recommend this as the perfect book to read on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
P.S. Top quotes and music references throughout.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gayle hits the mark again 15 Feb 2002
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Having read "Turning Thirty" just before I did, I became a Mike Gayle convert. "Dinner for Two" is not as laugh out loud funny as Turning Thirty, Mr Commitment or MLG but is just as good if not better as an overall read (I was gripped and sat at read it in an afternoon).
Turning 'bloke lit.' on its head to present a character that wanted a child when his partner/wife wasn't that bothered was a clever gamble that paid off. Sensitively written but not so twee that you couldn't believe that the lead guy didn't really exist somewhere. The only problem I face now is that I've run out of Mike Gayle books to read. Mike, can you hurry up and write another? Cheers
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written for and by a 30 something 10 Feb 2002
I was lucky to come across Mike Gayle having had My Legendary Girlfriend recommended to me by the girl who cuts my hair. I bought it, liked it, bought his other 2 books and liked them equally. Dinner For Two was in the shops last Thursday. I bought it and had finished it by Saturday lunchtime. It's not much of a departure from his other books. Mike Gayle writes in an easy, almost chatty style that's easy to fall into very quickly. Being a 30 something the best thing about it is that his observations seem to be mine. He speaks like I speak. He (or more correctly, his characters) whinges about what I whinge about. It's one of those books where you think he must have met you since so much seems spot on. He hasn't, of course. He's just a 30 something too and we're all made from the same mould I think.
Mike Gayle fans won't be disappointed. If you like Nick Hornby, Tony Parsons et al, you won't be disappointed either.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Thanks Mike Gayle for making me miss a whole weekend.
Having never read anything by Mr Gayle before, I chose this one because of the cover (at least I'm honest).
It was Saturday lunchtime, I'd just finished work, and fancied something to read. Before I knew it, it was Sunday evening. My girlfriend thinks I'm having an affair, because I didn't come to bed until 4, my dog is starving, and the book is damp, after I took it to the bath with me.
Mike Gayle writes with incredible pace. It is not possible to read just "one more chapter". In this book he uses his inside-knowledge of being an agony-uncle to tell the story of a man in a happy relationship who discovers he has a daughter from a fling 13 years ago.
It's a wonderfully touching book: funny and poignant. A must for hopeless romantics (and yes, some men are!). I wouldn't want to give too much away here, but when you read the last page, you'll let out a quiet "ahh" and get on with your life.
I am now going out to read Mike's other books, and would be interested to hear from other fans of his work.
In summary: GO BUY NOW!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dinner for Two 17 Oct 2005
On the heels of finishing `MR. COMMITMENT' also by Mike Gayle I rushed out to buy one of his other critically acclaimed novels with high hopes of it being equal to or better than `MR. COMMITMENT'. Having read some of the reviews on Amazon I settled on `DINNER FOR TWO' which had an overall five star rating, and while I did enjoy it very much it was not quite up to the standard set by the previous novel. I still felt the same freshness when reading `DINNER FOR TWO' since it too is written from the male perspective which Gayle seems to be right on the money with, however, my problem with this book was that the ending seemed to be a little rushed. I feel as though, especially in a situation as complex as the one in this book, more than two pages is needed to wrap up the story.
Dave Harding always knew he wanted a family but being that his wife Izzy was never quite ready he knew that he loved her enough to wait. But when Izzy calls him one day and informs him that she is "late" he is through the roof. Although they try to contain their excitement until later in the pregnancy they cannot help but discuss baby names and imagine what their future is going to be like. That is until Izzy miscarries. Now their world is turned upside-down and much to Dave's chagrin Izzy decides that she cannot take that pain again and wants to hold off on trying again...indefinitely. Dave reigns in his now overwhelming desire to be a father in respect for his wife's feelings but when he receives a letter from a young girl claiming that he is her biological father he cant help but to want it to be true. As he grows closer to this beautiful thirteen-year-old girl the gap between he and Izzy grows as well and while he loves his wife more than anything he cannot deny his daughter whom he as grown to love just as much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant un-put-down able book
Every time I read a Mike Gayle book I think it's my favourite book of his and once again this has happened, he has a style that is so easy to read that it's way past my bed time... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rob Tapp
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and warm
Review: I really enjoy novels by this author, this will be the third novels I've read and I have others sitting on my shelves. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fabulous Book Fiend
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
I loved this book. It is funny and I liked that it is written from a male point of you. It's not so frequent.
Published 13 months ago by Giulia
3.0 out of 5 stars A broody man gets his wish, but not as expected
Bloke-lit in the vain of Tony Parsons or Nick Hornby. I did enjoy seeing life from the other side of the gender divide. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by soffitta1
1.0 out of 5 stars Twee
I've read Turning Thirty and My Legendary Girlfriend and thought they were good. I was dubious about Dinner for Two. Read more
Published on 4 April 2011 by Velvet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
An easy to read very entertaining book. Its warm, funny romantic and sad, a great holiday book. This is my first Mike Gayle novel and I will certainly read his others.
Published on 25 July 2006 by M. Spicer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As soon as I read the first page of this book I was enthralled and I couldn't wait to read another chapter, so much so that my sleep pattern was interuppted, as I generally read... Read more
Published on 6 July 2006 by Mike Gayle, Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars A light and enjoyable read.
Mike Gayle has a friendly fluid style which really helps you relax after a hard day at work. This novel may not be highbrow literature but it is certainly an enjoyable read. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2006 by caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars Dinner for two
I have enjoyed reading all of Mike Gayle's books, but I found Dinner For Two especially good. The story was well written and made you feel as if you were there with the... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2005 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but you kind of know what's going to happen...
I got this, my first by the author to take on holiday, and it was read first. It was a really good read, involving, but didn't appeal to me in quite the same way as Nick Hornby's... Read more
Published on 20 July 2005
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