Her: "What if I told you I didn't love you any more?" Me: "I wouldn't believe you." Her: "But you wouldn't ever give up trying?" Me: "Nah. Some things you can't give up on, can you?"
Mike Gayle became the popular prince of romantic comedy overnight with his first bestselling novel My Legendary Girlfriend
. With Mr Commitment
he's back with a tale of the modern male that delivers its punchlines directly to the heart.
The world of aspiring stand-up comic Benjamin Dominic Duffy is shaken to its uncertain foundations when his adored girlfriend Mel revokes her previously held opinion of marriage as "an outmoded concept created by a patriarchal society to keep women in their place" and, on bent knee, proposes to him. Mel, "a living, breathing, moving version of Chrissie Hynde singing "Brass in Pocket"," is the girl of his dreams--but Duffy's dilemma is that marriage is still his worst nightmare. Dan, his best friend, flatmate and fellow bath-dodger counsels him to retain The Ways of the Bachelor, while Mel's best friend Julie--known as Nosferatu due to her bloodless dislike of all things Duffy--urges her to rebuff his increasingly desperate attempts to regain her affections. When a blissful reunion is sabotaged by domestic rites of passage through IKEA, Duffy resolves to "become a bachelor boy like Dan--a superstud of seduction, a he-who-will-never-again-come- off-worse-with-the-chicks, a righteous dude committed to anything but commitment." But when even TV's Hottest Totty media-babe Alexa Wells cannot help him become a success as a stand- up--in more ways than one--Duffy begins to wonder if he's given up all for nothing.
Gayle has an eye for the soulful romance and wry comedy in the utterly ordinary, and Mr Commitment marries heartfulness and hilarity with a yearning that stops comfortably short of the sentimental. --Rachel Holmes
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for MR COMMITMENT
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
Uputdownable...coloured with cool, rueful wit (She
'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'
Told in an easy, chatty style..the lighter moments in Mr Commitment say more about what's wrong with the modern twentysomething male than any amount of earnest introspection ever could (Express
'Told in an easy, chatty style..the lighter moments in Mr Commitment say more about what's wrong with the modern twentysomething male than any amount of earnest introspection ever could'
Comic...fizzy. Here comes the male Bridget Jones (Mirror on MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND
'Uputdownable...coloured with cool, rueful wit'
'Would you swap your fridge full of beer and an eclectic record collection for trips to Ikea and a series of dull dinner parties? Would you hell!'
Pick of the Week, Marie Claire
Full of belly-laughs and painfully acute observations (Independent on Sunday on MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND
'Gayle's book has the ability to touch the parts other books fail to reach...the funny bits will make you laugh out loud while the beautiful moments will make you remember all those you've loved before...Unmissable'
'Incredibly successful...it's so rare to find a man writing easy-reading books about relationships'
The Oxford Times
'A soulful romance and wry comedy that stops comfortably short of the sentimental' Birmingham Evening Mail