- 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)
Wish You Were Here Paperback – 14 Jun 2007
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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)
Number One Bestselling author Mike Gayle explores beach basics for the broken-hearted in his new romantic comedy WISH YOU WERE HERE.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Good to read in the summer, but would add sunshine to a winter's day too
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.
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect holiday read. I love Mike Gayle, easy reading, but always makes you think about what life is really all about.Published 5 months ago by Trish H
If you're looking for a light read that doesn't require much thought than this is your book. Wish I'd stopped reading after chapter 1.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not my usual sort of thing but enjoyable nonetheless. Unlikely to change your life but should make you smile once or twice.Published 8 months ago by Bails
This is a light holiday read, so I wasn’t expecting Tolstoy but this is a really poor book.
Firstly, for much of the novel, nothing actually happens. Read more
Easy reading, perfect for a holiday. Believable characters, who you genuinely want to find out what happens to them all.Published 9 months ago by Stephen Webb
Good story and would be a great holiday read. Reading this in December made me want to book a holiday and get warm.Published 18 months ago by Bonny
Found this book to have a weak storyline and got fed up reading it .Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer