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His 'n' Hers [Paperback]

Mike Gayle
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31 Jan 2005
From their first meeting at the student union over a decade ago, Jim and Alison successfully navigated their way through first dates, meeting parents, moving in together and more...Then they split up and divided their worldly goods (including a sofa, a cat and their flat) into his 'n' hers. Now, three years on and with new lives and new loves, they couldn't be happier. Until a chance encounter throws them back together, and causes them to embark on a journey through their past to ask themselves the big question: where did it all go wrong, and is it too late to put it all right?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (31 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340825383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340825389
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,257 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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'If you've ever been in a relationship and wondered what the other person was thinking, you'll find this a warm, refreshingly honest and utterly compelling read' Heat on HIS N HERS

'The male Bridget Jones' - Express

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

'Something near to mid-period Woody Allen...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

'Ever wished you could see into the male mind? Here's your chance . . . Insightful and hugely witty.' Cosmopolitan on HIS 'N' HERS

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The brilliant new romantic comedy from No. 1 bestseller Mike Gayle.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't criticise if you've lived it 30 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback
Like many of the experiences in Mike Gayle's novels, I personally feel that it's difficult to criticise his work if you've lived through the events that his characters do.
I, like the other reviewers, have read all of Gayle's novels and have found them highly enjoyable. I have laughed and cried at all of them. I have empathised with the characters, felt their joy and pain. Having recently split up with my fiance I can relate to Jim and Alison. I too have had those conversations, the packing of belongings, the questions 'where did it go wrong and why?' That is why I like this book, and why I have liked his other novels. He speaks like a real person about real events that people go through - not some Hollywood fluff. I love his style of talking in a blokey way, but not so much so that girls can't understand it. Given that Alison also has a dialogue in this book I felt that a female character was given a lot more room to grow here than in previous novels.
Gayle's excellent style of writing, in a diary format including events and dialogue, is a winning formula that will keep people coming back for more. It really depends on whether or not you're looking for something that's a complete departure from his other books - if so you may be disappointed (London, Birmingham, Manchester and Archway(!) all feature once again).
A winner for me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His 'n' Hers 20 April 2004
Format:Paperback
If you've ever read and enjoyed Mike Gayle's previous books, you'll be infor a treat. The themes explored throughout the previous books havegradually been becoming more and more mature and complex.
His 'n' Herslooks at the relationship between Jim and Alison over a period of years. The narrative begins in the present day and "flashes back" for the bulk ofthe book. We get "diary-style" entries from both Jim and Alison. It's avery clever method of helping the reader empathise with the two centralcharacters. We see the development (good and bad) of the relationship asthe years wear on.
I do like Mike Gayle's style of writing about men'spoints of views to life. The best way I can decribe it is an "immaturestyle to describe very mature topics!" It makes the book very easy to read(finished it in 3 days).
My main gripe about the book is it's finale. It just seems very "rushed". It's very obvious from reading the book, that a lot of care was spent onthe development of the relationship but how the characters will continueafter the book has finished leaves a LOT to the imagination.
Overall Ithink this Mike Gayle's best book since Mr. Commitment. It does containmoments that make you laugh out loud but I think what sets it apart frommost of the others is the time and care Mr. Gayle has spent on developinghis two main characters - who you WILL genuinely feel for. One lastpoint: I've noticed that a lot of the blurbs on the internet, mention aJim and Alison going to see a guidance counsellor. This does not EVERhappen in the book! Weird...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read if you don't want to concentrate 4 May 2004
Format:Paperback
His 'n' Hers is a book which is often frightenly accurate in its interpretations of human emotions and feelings. However, sometimes the prose is a bit lengthy and I really can't imagine that a man, portrayed as a 'bloke' in so many ways, would be so in touch with his feelings and be able to express them so lucidly. The storyline is believable but the characters, especially Jim, don't feel quite so sincere. However, there are parts I could relate to and was disappointed it only took two nights to read. Good reading if you don't want to concentrate too hard!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Ever 24 April 2004
Format:Paperback
I have read all of Mike Gayles work and always feel that the next onecannot be as good as the one before. His 'n' Hers I read in a day a dayoff work in the Easter holidays, I sat the children in front of the DVDand read, I have never had the urge to read a book in that way beforedespite doing A level English.
This really is one of the best books Ihave read, the characters appear in front of you, their emotions are onesyou have had, their actions are things you have done.
It is written in day time/hourly pieces that just make you want to keepturning the page.
There is a reference to why do women have severalmillion bottles of shampoo and conditioner and only one head? sticks in mymind!
The story is about relationships both between men,women and their familyand coping with the different things that life can throw at you. The storyalternates between being funny, melancholy and sometimes very sad.
This is a book I recommend everybody should read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Formula starting to wear thin 1 Aug 2004
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Format:Paperback
Mike Gayle's previous novels have been characterised by lots of dialogue, contemporary settings, pop culture references and a central character you can easily identify with. This has typically been a young man or woman in their late 20s, starting to get to grips with serious relationships, parenthood and impending middle aged. They've been enjoyable, page turning reads that would keep you gripped whilst having nothing new to say.
But I felt that "His N Hers" - which doesn't depart from this tried and tested formula - was a stale read in comparision with some of his earlier novels. The story is set around the relationship break up of Jim and Alison, and the possibility that they might resurrect their ailing passion. All the usual Mike Gayle attributes are there, but on this occasion, they just weren't sufficent to keep me hooked. We never feel close enough to Alison and Jim to care what happens to them, and as a result, their story plods rather than sparkles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy peasy read
As the title says! Great book for a holiday. Good characters and a happy ending! Never fail with a Mike Gayle!
Published 4 months ago by Tea Fairy
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
I have read most of Mike Gayle's books, and I do enjoy them, certainly worth taking them on holiday !
Published 8 months ago by MRS AAPAYNE
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again excellent
Once a gain an excellent read. If you are a mike Gayle fan you won't be let down. Gayle manages every time to have me hooked from the first page to the last. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rach01
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying read
This is my 2nd Mike Gayle novel and I must say it was an enjoyable read. A definite page turner which I finished in 3 sittings. Read more
Published on 30 May 2010 by Diesler Kemp
3.0 out of 5 stars You and Me Always?
`Lad Lit' is a term I use to describe `Chick Lit' that is written by a bloke, for blokes. Mike Gayle is an exponent of this genre and `His `n Hers' is a typical example. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2010 by Sam Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
I've read a few Mike Gayle books now, but none for a while, so spying this one on my bookshelf after purchasing it from Amazon many moons ago I decided to give it a whirl. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2009 by SilentSinger
4.0 out of 5 stars ...The best time to do the right thing is always right now...
I have recently gotten into a bad habit (bad from my partner's perspective - not bad in relation to famine, terrorism or child cruelty (though you would think so by the way he... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2007 by Deanne Dixon
1.0 out of 5 stars Mindless, Tedious, Dull - A Painful Read
I bought 'His n Hers' having read and really enjoyed Mike Gayle's book 'Turning 30'. It was like pulling teeth. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2007 by F Park
3.0 out of 5 stars ok, bit predictable
enjoyable enough but a bit predictable at the end. also feel this book was much more balanced between both characters, male and female as previously felt the author had much more... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2007 by Lindymck
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable..
This is the first Mike Gayle book I've read and my first impressions are that he makes this stlye of writing look deceptively simple. Read more
Published on 14 May 2006 by Sarah Durston
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