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My Legendary Girlfriend [Paperback]

Mike Gayle
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Book Description

4 Feb 1999
Bridget Jones meets High Fidelity in this hilarious story for anyone who has ever been dumped, had to dump, lived in dodgy rented accommodation, or search for love in the 90s.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (4 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340718161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340718162
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,515 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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Ever been dumped? No? You're lying. Mike Gayle, previously a contributor to FHM and Just Seventeen magazines has dipped his pen in the inkpot of universal experience and written a comic novel underpinned by rejection and the ripples (or tidal waves) it continues to produce for years afterwards. For exactly three years afterwards in the case of Will Kelly, assigned to the "history" drawer on his 23rd birthday by Aggi, (she of the titular moniker) and who is now undergoing his 26th "celebration" alone in his bedsit in Archway, North London.

English teacher, serial smoker and serious list-maker--Will is a Numnul, to quote Gayle; a "New Nineties New Man New Lad", living an existence that screams "Single!". Can you fall in love over the telephone with someone you've never met? Should your best friend sleep with your girlfriend? And just how many presents should a platonic friend send you on your birthday? In real time the novel takes place over a weekend, but in effect it traces a journey that has led to this tumultuous birthday, when Will considers marriage, death, fatherhood and Pot Noodles (but not in that order).

Helen Fielding and Nick Hornby are two names that will understandably haunt Mike Gayle, whose prescriptive hero has been dubbed the "male Bridget Jones", but Gayle's book probably owes more to early Martin Amis, soaked as it is in a fever of male self-pity redolent of The Rachel Papers or Success, though without the literary flourishes or darkness. Ultimately My Legendary Girlfriend is pulp fiction for the Pulp generation, an old-fashioned morality tale dressed up as an enjoyable romp that should appeal to lovers of Men Behaving Badly and anyone who has suffered the ignominy of having a Sting song quoted at them to justify a break-up.--David Vincent


Comic...fizzy. Here comes the male Bridget Jones (Mirror)

Full of belly-laughs and painfully acute observations (Independent on Sunday)

Touching and funny (Mirror)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first novel 6 Jan 2006
By Derrick Johnson VINE VOICE
Firstly I must commend Mr Gayle for writing a romantic novel from the male perpective. No doubt there must male writers of this genre in the market place, but they don't spring to mind.Having read some of the reviews for this book, I can understand that the main protanganist,Will, can get a little bit irksome. But, I didn't find that to be the case. I enjoyed the various characters that amble into Wills life. I also loved the ending that caught me by surprise. A great first novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UN-PUT-DOWNABLE! Everyone should read it! 7 Jun 2000
By A Customer
It was so like my life! I couldn't stop reading it. I now have bought his other book, even though money is short - I just HAD to! I am now waiting impatiently for his new book in August 2000. I would recommend EVERYONE to read this author. I'm just sorry he has only written 3 books - PLEASE write more Mr Gayle! I am passing this book on to anyone I can...especially my kind-of -ex boyfriend. He never reads books and so, if he can read it, then that is a BIG recommendation in itself. Mr Gayles observations are great! From a 33yr old single female- a BIGnew-recruited fan x
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5.0 out of 5 stars everybody's own life story......well mine anyway 26 April 1999
By A Customer
Mike Gayle has produced possibly one of the greatest books that I have ever read. My identification with the character was almost spooky. Men should read this book to see how much of themselves they see, Women should read this book to see how much of their partners they see, and anyone who has been in love should read this book to just realise life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We have all been dumped, right? 26 Mar 1999
By A Customer
This is a book I recommend to all my friends, male and female. It is full of wit, insight and moments of self recognition and yet it is actually quite depressing, sort of, but not really. I kept asking myself, have I ever been this miserable? I, and everybody else who has been dumped (who hasn't), can only answer that question with... YES! Thank god I have never been moping around for three years after I happened though, but I recognize the feeling. I really liked the way the characters are portrayed. I felt for all of them. I think this is a very important book to read if you are pining for a long gone girlfriend. Even though I do not think this book is as funny and original as "Bridget Jones Diary" I tell you all, READ THIS BOOK!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, brings back memories 31 Jan 2012
By steelo
I have to admit that I found very much of myself in Mike Gayle's main character from "My Legendary Girlfriend".

It really poked fun at how hard it is to forget someone you were really in love with, how one tends to compare the past experiences with current ones, never letting the present shine in its full potential, and how normal individuals, with ups and downs, become "legendary' just because we are no longer with them.

It's a light read, full of humour and very pertinent observations about being a male in your late twenties, being single and at times miserable...

Also a nice read by him is Mr Commitment. I look forward to trying others by him!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply perfect... 8 April 1999
By A Customer
I bought this book because I found the title real nice, it was like love with the first sight, I felt the book was good and it is. It is simply perfect: funny, romantic, touching and Will Kelly is simply adorable. I think I'm going to read it again (I didn't finished it yet, only 20 pages left...)If you believe in Real Love or if you love being in love, this book is for you...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Love Hexagon 2 Oct 2009
The entire book is set over less than four days in the life of one guy, shockingly enough the main character actually does experience enough love life ups, downs and complete reversals to keep it up. Fortunately its set in the telephone era, if he needed to do the things he did in person, it would have taken him years!

From virtually the start you have an inkling of how it should end, but until close to the end I was almost convinced it wasnt going to follow its appointed path and was going to be a disappointing ending, by which I mean a sad one rather than a happy one. As it turns out its a proper old fashioned fairytale ending, ticking all the right boxes.

Gayle lets you turn the pages easily, keeps you fairly hooked, but this book does make you wait possibly a little longer than necessary to get to its point.

However, the style is fun, the events come rapidly enough and there are some good laughs. Worth a punt.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I've just finished reading My Legendary Girlfriend and I thought it was just brilliant. Mike Gayle is a gem of a writer - his prose is fast and witty and his tale tragi-comic, an all-too-true tale of love, regret and well, more regret.
They say comedy works best through identification with the character - well; Will is me, (which is quite clever cos I'm a girl) and probably, at least at some point in your life, he's been you too...intelligent (surely?), but just a little misguided; ever and always hopeful of a reconciliation with The One That Got Away.
What's special here, I think, is Gayle's ability to do two things.He skillfully evokes empathy in the reader for Will's predicament, effortlessly calling up those moments where we've cringed as relationships go so wrong then - ouch! - with one turn of his black comedy knife he allows laughter to spill from our guts with some classy one liners and observations of modern twentysomething life.
So can I recommend this book without reservations? But of course. As Will is known to quote 'No Problemo Mr Spaceman'...And you never know. Perhaps my One That Got Away will read it too...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very very funny and true to life
Published 2 days ago by Arthur
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good easy read
Published 1 month ago by yummymummy666
3.0 out of 5 stars My legendary girlfriend Mike Gayle
I enjoy his writing and loved his first novel. He has acute observation and he m,akes me laugh out loud, however I found that this novel waffled a bit too long and I found myself... Read more
Published 9 months ago by joan.basire
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but could have been even better
Although I enjoyed My Legendary Girlfriend, I have to admit that it didn't quite live up to my initial high expectations. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Charles Fudgemuffin
4.0 out of 5 stars Book for the wife
I bought this as my wife started reading it on holiday (it was in the bookcase at the villa) but then didn't quite finish it. She's really enjoyed it. Would recommend it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by TP84
1.0 out of 5 stars I dont get it!
So many reviewers gave this book fantastic praise that i felt compelled to add my review - i dont get it! Read more
Published 23 months ago by amanda
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointing
I saw this book recommended as a "must read" on a forum, read the reviews here and so was really looking forward to reading it. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2012 by cas3090
3.0 out of 5 stars The Bridget Jones Man
`Chillax' is one of those words I reserve animosity for. `Synergy' is another. The term to discuss this book `Lad-lit' falls into this category. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by paddymeharg
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT such a legendary book
Okay, my first foray into the world of Lad Lit came only in November 2011 with a self-published book that had me literally crying with laughter. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by Best Crime Books
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
I find Mike Gayle's books (Wish you were here, Life of the party, His 'n Hers) engaging so of course I wanted to read My Legendary Girlfriend aswel. Read more
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