Turning Thirty Paperback – 1 Feb 2001
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Mike Gayle's previous novels My Legendary Girlfriend and Mr Commitment have already wittily chronicled living and loving among the twentysomethings at the end of the 20th century. As time marches on, Gayle's latest novel Turning Thirty deals with what happens when his characters reach that most dreaded of moments--the big three-o. Matt Beckford is reaching that time of life. At the age of 29 he thinks he has answered those two crucial questions you ask yourself as a teenager: "What am I going to do with my life?" and "Will I ever get a girlfriend?" Living as a computer expert in New York with the lovely Elaine, Matt thinks he's cracked life. But then both he and Elaine suddenly realise that their relationship isn't working. They split up amicably, realising that "biology is telling us there's no point in crying over spilt milk", and Matt heads back to his friends and parents in Birmingham. As his 30th birthday looms, Matt meets Ginny Pascoe, an old flame, or more accurately "a girl who was also a friend who I sometimes snogged", and things get more complicated as he realises that he's falling for Ginny--again. The transatlantic love triangle that develops between Matt, Ginny and Elaine is funny and refreshing, and lacks the usual angst you would expect from such a situation. As Matt enjoys the nostalgia of going out with old friends and loves, he also realises he needs to sort out his life, as 30 beckons. Turning Thirty is another sharp, funny and astute offering from Gayle, that won't disappoint his growing army of fans. (This review refers to the hardcover edition of this title.) --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Not just readable, fresh and witty but sophisticated in execution . . . funny but also poignant (Independent on Sunday)
A warm, funny romantic comedy (Daily Mail)
Mike Gayle has carved a whole new literary niche out of the male confessional novel. He's a publishing phenomenon (Evening Standard)
Delightfully observant nostalgia . . . will strike a chord with both sexes (She)
Mike Gayle manages to weave everything together with such a warm-the-cockles-of-your-heart manner that once you've finished reading Turning Thirty you want to turn right back to the beginning and start all over again. It's real life - but better than we know it (B Magazine)
A funny frank account of a hopeless romantic (The Times on My Legendary Girlfriend)
Funny and endearing . . . chuckle-on-the-bus readable (Heat)
The male Bridget Jones (Express on M L G)
Full of belly-laughs and painfully acute observations (Independent on Sunday on M L G)
Touching and funny (Sunday Mirror on M L G)
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)
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus meets Men Behaving Badly (Daily Telegraph on MR C)
Unputdownable (She on MR C)
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Top Customer Reviews
Matt Beckford is turning thirty in about 89 days and his life is falling apart! He thought by the age of thirty he would have it all together, the fancy high paying job, the woman who was "the one" to spend his life with and the trendy house complete with the requisite "thirty-people's" wine rack. However, Matt finds himself three months away from his birthday moving out of his live in girlfriend's apartment and back to Birmingham to live with, dare I say it...his PARENTS! Now Matt has to figure out what turning thirty really means and he enlist the help of some of his oldest friends to figure it out.
This is the third novel by Gayle that I have had the pleasure of reading and he is definitely a very talented and witty author whose voice has never gotten lost in his stories. As popular as Gayle is in the UK it is surprising that he isn't better known it the US however now with the wide re-release of `TURNING THIRTY' he may just find himself at the top of the US's best sellers list soon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
30 is one of those funny ages, where you can still be told “oh, you’re still young” by people who have reached it, but where teenagers and people in their early 20s can make you... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
This book is fine for you if you want to remminse about your thirties when your coming up to thirty. Otherwise give it a miss.Published on 29 July 2014 by L Hutchings
Turning Thirty is a big event in most people's lives, Matt is no different. Turning Thirty is a book about having everything you could ever want, and then losing it in a blink of... Read morePublished on 19 July 2014 by 23reviewstreet
I admit it – I will be turning 30 soon myself (oh crikey) so Mike Gayle’s hilarious and poignant novel about a man who evaluates his life before the big day to find that maybe not... Read morePublished on 3 May 2014 by BestChickLit.com
I have had Turning Thirty on my To Be Read pile for a while now, I had been putting off reading it because the reviewers I follow had said that they didn’t enjoy it and because I... Read morePublished on 29 April 2014 by realovesbooks
I bought this book in a charity shop as I am turning 30 this summer. It started off ok, but soon got very dull and formulaic. Read morePublished on 26 April 2014 by Rita