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Wish You Were Here Paperback – 14 Jun 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (14 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340825413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340825419
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 23.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As you'd expect from Gayle, the laughs flow thick and fast, making this a top match for your sunny holiday spirits. (Glamour)

An observant offering (Heat)

This book explores the strength of friendship, getting older and settling down with forthright honesty and humour. Wise, witty and with endearing characters, this is a feel-good read with lots of laughs. (Woman)

The prolific Mike Gayle knows a thing or two about the male psyche, and how not even an extended adolescence will prevent the pain from catching up in the end. (Herald)

If we needed more proof that men don't think like women, then Wish You Were Here delivers it in extra strength doses . . . A fun story of three 30 somethings as they come to rueful - and thankful - realisation that they are no longer 18. (Candis)

This book makes great beach reading . . . A heartwarming and funny tale. (Love It!)

A delightfully witty tale (Star)

This is Mike Gayle's sixth novel and his appeal lies in his ability to give even the most banal detail a lurid resonance, and to spell out the bleeding obvious in more ways than one could have thought possible. Yet the whole thing becomes almost hypnotically relaxing. (Sunday Telegraph)

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Number One Bestselling author Mike Gayle explores beach basics for the broken-hearted in his new romantic comedy WISH YOU WERE HERE.

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Such an easy read, likeable characters, scenarios that are easy to believe
Good to read in the summer, but would add sunshine to a winter's day too
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Wish You Were Here was a very enjoyable read with a nice contrast between the 3 principal characters. I have not read a Mike Gayle book before and was attracted by a) the cover and b) the book summary - although the latter seemed very similar to another book I read a few years ago called You Are Here, also set in Crete and about a group of thirty something males on holiday; some of the observations are naturally very similar here although the feel of this book and general story and very different. Wish You Are Here has more of a chick-flick feel and is very driven by character conversation but it ultimately works. I ended up reading it in a rain bound cottage in Devon rather than on a med beach but it certainly kept my interest, especially when the main character, Charlie Mansell, sees his life become as tumultuous as it ever could in the final chapters and you really do end up caring about the outcome.
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Charlie, Andy and Tom have been friends since college and are now in their early-mid thirties. Each has reached a juncture in their life; Charlie has just come out of a long term relationship; Andy is getting married and Tom has a health scare; which is how they come to be on holiday together.

The majority of the book is set whilst they are on holiday in Crete and most of what happens is instantly recognisable to anyone who has done one of the cheap package deals to the Med; the themed bars; the regular haunt for breakfast; the groups of people you meet; the lack of anything even vaguely foreign!

I have read other Mike Gayle books and this did seem fairly typical to me. He writes well about male friendships and their complications without things ever getting too heavy, and even though they are described as lads-lit, I still find them very enjoyable.

Great beach reading.
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By NB on 30 July 2007
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I was give this to read by a collegaue, and although I haven't read any of his books for years, I thought I'd give it a try.

Unsurprisingly, this is a light, easy read, full of short chapters and characters that are quite shallow and easy to understand.

The story centres on three men going on holiday in their 30s to the place they went to when they left uni.

Having been on this sort of holiday, I cringed at some of the descriptions of 18-30s holidays and enjoyed the small twists and turns of the story that saw all of the main charcaters revealing secrets and acting far more immaturely than you'd expect .

Whilst it isn't a life-changing book, it's a nice tale that is told proficiently. The only thing i would say was bad was a convoluted plot device involving all the characters getting suppossedly symbolic tattoos at the end of their holiday, which was a bit sick-inducing, but other than that, it was ok.
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I bought this book for my summer holiday read. However one again Mike Gayle has put my marking on hold while I have to finish his books!

It is an excellnt book, one that anyone who has been away with friends, or dumped! can relate too.

The book is based in Malia Crete, a resort I visited in 1989 and so that also made it even more interesting to read.

Somehow Mike seems to create characters that you know or have met.

Altogether 'unputdownable'.
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Having read all of mike Gaayle's books I would say that his first , (My Legendary Girlfriend ) was the best.
However, using the same formula as his others ,he draws you in to the plot and I found myself picking it up at every spare oportunity,and after only two days felt disappointed that I had finished yet another good book.It is simply written and Ifeel it would appeal to all ages without offending them in the slightest.Well done Andy
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Like a few other reviewers I straight away thought that this was going to be a 'You Are Here' rip off and read it with that curiosity in mind, having never read a Mike Gayle book before. To be honest it was ok, although a bit too easy going and dull in places and maybe it was a bit unfair to have the You Are Here comparison in mind as it did not have the same punch or cutting edge. Interesting never the less.
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I love mike gayle :) i have read every one of his books and loved each one...BUT this book does drag quit a bit..it starts to get quite good once your near the last few chapters,its a very slow read, sorry mike, but this isnt your best work!
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