Turning Forty Paperback – 27 Mar 2014
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This read like a book about teenagers. Nothing especially insightful or witty, and far too much cliche. I didn’t take to any of the characters, couldn't really fathom some of their actions, and it had something of a naff ending. It’s light fiction and just about readable, but not nearly as good as The Man I Think I Know.
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!
Matt Beckford is turning 40 on his next birthday and finds himself at a crossroads in his life that he wasn't expecting. It's not your stereotypical crisis of age where you find yourself having a make over, running your first marathon or buying a Harley Davidson. It's finding yourself suddenly, unemployed, single and essentially homeless......
There were some absolutely brilliant life observations, from both Matt and those around him. How many of us look back with rose tinted glasses at those teenage years, believe that was the best time and returning to it will make it right? I know I'm guilty of that. I loved the line about all us forty something's being obsessed with bands from 20 years ago and as a result us clogging the 'younger generations' festival line ups with reunion concerts from bands with grey hair! I was screaming ''that's me" as I booked to see Deacon Blue again, 25 years after I first saw them!
I can't wait to see where Matt is when he's 'Turning 50', although I can wait for my turning 50! I'm too distraught at the fear of turning 40. Days to turning 40 - 337
Having turned 40 myself earlier this year I knew that I would be able to relate to this book in particular . The questions , taking stock of your life as you hit the milestone , thinking back on what you've done , what you wish you had done and then what you would like to do in the future.
Thankfully my own life isn't as complicated as the lead man in this book , his world seeming to implode on him as he approaches his big day , relationship worries , job problems and not knowing what he wants to do with his life .
This book was very readable , funny and poignant , I thoroughly recommend it to anyone , not just those of us 'of a certain age'
This flows well and is easy to read. My wife read it just after her 40th birthday and then I read it after. Perfect for somebody approaching their 40's or somebody in their 40s - male and female alike
I've read alot from Mike Gayle: I enjoyed it though not as much as turning thirty. I'll read more from him.
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This writer always makes me feel uncomfortable as if he can see into my mind, I would rather he didn't,there's too much there to share!