- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (7 Feb. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340767952
- ISBN-13: 978-0340767955
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.1 x 2.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,516,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dinner for Two, the fourth novel from Mike Gayle, is, like its predecessors, a "blokes can be sensitive too" gander at the complicated lives of late twenty/thirtysomething Londoners. Dave Harding is a "serious music" journalist for Louder magazine, a publication "staffed by pro-faced boys who think that the more obscure the band is the cooler they are". When Louder folds Dave finds himself penning articles for Femme, a women's glossy edited by his beloved wife, Izzy, and then lands a job as the agony uncle of Teen Scene, a boy-band saturated magazine for adolescent girls. (Gayle was himself a jobbing journalist and agony uncle and in the interest of realism (or economy) re-purposes some of his own pieces for Cosmo etc. here.)
"Love Doctor" Dave finds, to his immense surprise, he rather enjoys his new career, soon he's dispensing romantic advice to correspondents, friends and colleagues with gay abandon. Since Izzy's recent miscarriage however, Dave has been obsessed with one thing: babies. At 31, he wants, more than anything else, to become a father, that is until he receives an astonishing letter from Nicola, a 13-year-old Teen Scene reader. Nicola claims that Dave is her Dad. After a few clandestine meetings in McDonalds and Burger Kings he's convinced but should he tell Izzy anything? True to his gender he dithers with predictably catastrophic, well, to be completely honest, mildly (and only briefly) unfortunate results.--Travis Elborough
Full of belly-laughs and painfully acute observations (Independent on Sunday on MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND)
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)
A warm, funny romantic comedy (Daily Mail on TURNING THIRTY)
Fresh and witty (Independent on Sunday on TURNING THIRTY)
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P.S. Top quotes and music references throughout.
Mike Gayle fans won't be disappointed. If you like Nick Hornby, Tony Parsons et al, you won't be disappointed either.
Turning 'bloke lit.' on its head to present a character that wanted a child when his partner/wife wasn't that bothered was a clever gamble that paid off. Sensitively written but not so twee that you couldn't believe that the lead guy didn't really exist somewhere. The only problem I face now is that I've run out of Mike Gayle books to read. Mike, can you hurry up and write another? Cheers
Having never read anything by Mr Gayle before, I chose this one because of the cover (at least I'm honest).
It was Saturday lunchtime, I'd just finished work, and fancied something to read. Before I knew it, it was Sunday evening. My girlfriend thinks I'm having an affair, because I didn't come to bed until 4, my dog is starving, and the book is damp, after I took it to the bath with me.
Mike Gayle writes with incredible pace. It is not possible to read just "one more chapter". In this book he uses his inside-knowledge of being an agony-uncle to tell the story of a man in a happy relationship who discovers he has a daughter from a fling 13 years ago.
It's a wonderfully touching book: funny and poignant. A must for hopeless romantics (and yes, some men are!). I wouldn't want to give too much away here, but when you read the last page, you'll let out a quiet "ahh" and get on with your life.
I am now going out to read Mike's other books, and would be interested to hear from other fans of his work.
In summary: GO BUY NOW!
Dave Harding always knew he wanted a family but being that his wife Izzy was never quite ready he knew that he loved her enough to wait. But when Izzy calls him one day and informs him that she is "late" he is through the roof. Although they try to contain their excitement until later in the pregnancy they cannot help but discuss baby names and imagine what their future is going to be like. That is until Izzy miscarries. Now their world is turned upside-down and much to Dave's chagrin Izzy decides that she cannot take that pain again and wants to hold off on trying again...indefinitely. Dave reigns in his now overwhelming desire to be a father in respect for his wife's feelings but when he receives a letter from a young girl claiming that he is her biological father he cant help but to want it to be true. As he grows closer to this beautiful thirteen-year-old girl the gap between he and Izzy grows as well and while he loves his wife more than anything he cannot deny his daughter whom he as grown to love just as much.Read more ›
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What do you do when you turn thirty, are married, have a cat, and your wife has a miscarriage, AND you lose your job as a pop music journo? Read morePublished 10 months ago by EllieWC
A really good read, with none of the negativity that could so easily have been brought into this realistic story.Published 16 months ago by Fiona Craig
Every time I read a Mike Gayle book I think it's my favourite book of his and once again this has happened, he has a style that is so easy to read that it's way past my bed time... Read morePublished on 23 April 2014 by Rob Tapp
Review: I really enjoy novels by this author, this will be the third novels I've read and I have others sitting on my shelves. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by Fabulous Book Fiend
I loved this book. It is funny and I liked that it is written from a male point of you. It's not so frequent.Published on 4 Jun. 2013 by Giulia
Bloke-lit in the vain of Tony Parsons or Nick Hornby. I did enjoy seeing life from the other side of the gender divide. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2011 by soffitta1
I've read Turning Thirty and My Legendary Girlfriend and thought they were good. I was dubious about Dinner for Two. Read morePublished on 4 April 2011 by Velvet