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Brand New Friend
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on 5 July 2013
I found this pretty slow going, especially the first half, it was just about a sulky fussy bloke and which pubs he'd visited. I found the characters very childish with teenage like behaviour considering they were in their 30s. And there was an awful lot of binge drinking described, the main characters were borderline alcoholics.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2006
can mike gayle do no wrong????
i read this book in one whole day!!!
i could not and would not put it down, it was fab, mike gayle is soo under rated, anyone who is contemplating buying this book, go now!!! it wont change your life, but it'll make u laugh, smile and maybe shed a few tears.
i'm just sorry it ended
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on 10 July 2013
This story will make you smile - well the ending will. Heartwarming I think in many ways especailly for those out there who had/has friendships with the opposit sex. Very interesting matter and worth writing (and reading) about it for sure.
Nice book, I am very pleased I bought it and read it!
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on 10 November 2014
Absolute rubbish. I'm not a fan of his blokey lead character, I couldn't identify with him at all. He was feckless and annoying. Do people like this actually exist? I got to about half way through before leaving this one for the sake of my blood pressure.
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on 26 February 2013
I read this in one sitting -really good story, with a satisfactory ending. Mike Gayle's writing almost goes down too easily - a bit like Cadbury's Dairy Milk - really nice and rather addictive but goes away a bit too quickly.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2006
I have been a reader of Mike Gayles books since the release of my legendary girlfriend which was a little harder to get into. It seems to me that every book released since has been more and more impressive and Brand New Friend is just brilliant! like the others read it within 3 days. cant wait to see what comes next in the line of books. Would recomend any mike gayle book to anyone who has ever been a bit nostalgic and likes a good laugh.
Cant believe he's not in the best sellers! great author :o)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2005
I keep getting funny looks from people on the train, cos that's where I'm reading this book and I'm finding it really hard not to laugh out loud!! I've read all of Mike's novels, and thoroughlly enjoyed each one of them. For those of you that have read his other work, enjoy this as much as you did those, for those who haven't read his work before, you don't know what you're missing! I'm still only half-way through this book, and I'm reading it at 100mph to see what happens next. All-in-all, excellent!
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on 4 May 2009
Mike Gayle is always a good read. I read this book in a couple of days. Nice easy reading for thirtysomethings and from the point of view of a guy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 30 March 2008
I've read a few of his now and enjoyed them all. 4.5 stars would suit this nicely. It's difficult to tell if he aims his writing at men or women because he captures both gender's personalities and behaviour so well.

Rob is having a tough time, he loves his girlfriend but the move to Manchester from London is a scary prospect. He eventually gives it a go but struggles with how to make friends. Had he not been working from home it might have been easier but without the office then it is that bit harder - although he could've always joined a local gym or something similar. He eventually meets the perfect mate to do all the things with that he was doing with Phil back in Manchester - but she's a girl. In steps Jo, everything he wants in a mate but can't really have because men and women can't just be friends, can they?

The novel dips in and out of Jo's and Rob's perspective so makes for regular changes during your reading. Is it possible for men and women to be 'just good friends' or does there always have to be an element of sexual attraction between them? Quite interesting as I've had a couple of male friends and when I moved away they didn't keep up the contact whereas a woman would have. Good exploration of social stereotypes and the gneuine difficulties people face when they move to be with their partners. It is very well-written and hugely entertaining, this novel is easy enough to read in one sitting. The characters are so realistic and the discussion between his girlfriend and her friends is very true - they are all convinced that Rob must be in love with Jo, otherwise why would he want to be friends with a girl? It made me wonder how I would react to it. I look forward to reading one or two more by Mike Gayle.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2009
I was after some light reads, and this does it wonderfully - finished it within a day. This book delivers exactly what it says on the back cover. It's so easy going; reads like a romantic comedy but centres on male-female friendship. Much better than "My legendary girlfriend", the other novel I've read of Gayle's.
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