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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340918551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340918555
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,153 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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Praise for The Stag and Hen Weekend: 'Gayle back at his best' (Sun)

'The Brummie author is particularly adept at depicting male and female characters with equal conviction . . . He affords his characters patience, and his plots all move along swimmingly on the back of his clear and comfy prose . . . The execution is pretty damn smart' Book of the Week **** (Daily Mirror)

Unique, funny and full of drama, we loved this story's twist . . . Genius! (Closer)

Innovative new book from chick-lit king Mike Gayle . . . it's hilarious (Now)

A unique story, filled with quirky off-beat characters [...] An addictive read from start to finish, it is a bumpy ride as we join Helen and Phil on their adventures as they make the most of their freedom whilst learning a few home truths about one another as they discover that the path of true love never runs smoothly. Filled to the brim with vibrant characters and one-liners, Mike Gayle brings a breath of fresh air to the chick-lit genre. (Handwritten Girl)

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The follow-up to the hugely successful Turning Thirty

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AndyBSG VINE VOICE on 1 July 2013
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I've been reading Mike Gayle ever since the brightly coloured cover of 'Mr Commitment' caught my eye in a book shop 10 years ago.

Fans of his may be wondering if Turning forty is a sequel to Turning Thirty and, surprise, surprise, it is.

As in turning Thirty, the main character Matt reaches a cross roads in his life and once again it is his old friends who rally round as he deals with divorce, old flames, the end of his career and the consequences of having to move back in with his parents... His mum setting him up on a 'date' is particularly amusing.

What we have here is a book that most blokes are going to be able to relate to and one that may give women an understanding how we think about things differently to them and this book is probably the definition of 'Mid Life Crisis'

The book is stand alone so having read Turning Thirty isn't required but those who have read the prequel will enjoy this slightly more and anyone who is a fan of Nick Hornby or Tony Parsons will find this book of similar ilk.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hulme on 3 July 2013
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This is a fantastic read. When I heard Mike Gayle was writing a sequel to Turning Thirty I couldn't wait to read it. I received Turning Forty on Monday and finished it on Tuesday, I literally couldn't put it down. Having turned Forty this year myself a few things in the book really hit home. Mike Gayle books are always a great read, I have read them all, and this is certainly no exception. The book has everything, heartache, laughter and true life. It was great to get reacquainted with Matt Beckford again and I hope there will be a Turning Fifty. You will not be disappointed with this book, but if you have never read one of Mike's books before I urge you to seek all the others out as each one is great. I for one can't wait for his next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A happy reader on 10 July 2013
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I have read and loved all of Mike Gayle's books, but Turning 30 was a standout. This is partly because it was set in Kings Heath and all of his teenage haunts were my teenage haunts. Yes, I am that shallow!

Turning 40 is brilliant. It focuses on what it is like to get to a point in life and realise that things are not as you hoped. Matt doesn't have any of the things one would expect at 40 - career, home, wife, children and he finds it difficult to deal with (as you would expect). He does what most of us do when we're feeling low - he heads back to his parents' house in Kings Heath. He reacquaints himself with old friends and old/ new haunts. That's what this book is - a love letter to a place where you know you'll feel safe, looked after and can hide out until you feel strong again.

I think the hardest thing for Matt to come to terms with is how much everyone else's life is moving on while his appears to be in reverse. He refers to it as a game of snakes and ladders - one wrong move and you're back where you started. You will him to do the right thing and wince when he does the wrong thing. It must be said that Matt makes some pretty poor decisions. But then, who does get to 40 without making a few of those?!? As ever, there's a great support cast. His lovely parents, his best friend Gershwin and of course, his old love Ginny. One of the funniest parts of the book is the 'date' his mum sets him up on.
He's a great character........in fact, if he did live in Kings Heath, I'd be tracking him down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Datta on 26 Dec. 2013
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I am an avid reader of a Mick Gayle's novel. Turning Forty is an enjoyable piece to read. The author knows to blend humour with serious matters in life. The latest offering features higher flyer Matt Beckford. Matt has a great job, married and lives in stylish flat in London. Things look so bright for Matt. All of a sudden things change, as his marriage breakdown. He quits his job due to long travel hours and stress. He has to sell the flat in London. He returns to Birmingham, where he was born and raised and turn up to his parent house, a troubled man. How does he spend the time? Matt is approaching the 40th milestone. Can fortunes change in life before turning forty for Matt? Gayle does a great job of keeping the reader interested, by drawing us well to the main character. It is a sense of journey and discovery of what challenges lie ahead when reaching 40. The novel is witty, humorous and emotional at certain times. Turning Forty is a follow up Turning Thirty (which I have read). If you enjoy previous novels of the authors, then I would certainly recommend the latest offering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew D. Dale on 5 July 2013
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Ever since my brother told me I had to read 'My Legendary Girlfriend' I have been a fan of Mike Gayle. His 'Lad-lit' really seems to get how the modern man thinks. 'Turning Thirty' was perhaps Mike's last classic, but He is back now with a bang with 'Turning Forty' and the return of Matt Beckford. The story flows with humour and emotions. It shows how life can change so dramatically in your 40's and does for so many people. You really don't know what is round the corner. Mike writes with a style that really let's you feel as if you are the main character. Matt is very likeable and you can understand the mistakes he makes. He really is just your average everyday bloke.

I never used to read many books until I discovered Mike Gayle. Now I even write my own and the style is heavily influenced by Mike. Perhaps one day Mike Gayle will read 'First Years - Piranhas in the Bedroom' and think that I have copied his style.

Thank you Mike for yet another brilliant book for male romantics.
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