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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (3 Dec. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349403910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349403915
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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In his follow-up to Love, Love Me Do, Mark Haysom moves us from 60s to 70s Briton in a novel about one ordinary family's hopes and dreams.

About the Author

After graduating from Leicester University, Mark Haysom had a thirty year career in newspapers during which he rose from trainee journalist on a local weekly to Managing Director of Mirror Group. In 2003 he moved into education as head of a large Government agency. In recent years he has served on the boards of a number of charities dedicated to overcoming poverty, disadvantage and addiction. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Leicester University in 2005 and the CBE in 2008. Mark lives in Brighton with his wife, Ann. This is his second novel.


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The Bird family are a "normal" family in the sense that there's things they don't talk about, Truman Bird being one of those things. So when Christie takes her children and turns up on Nanna Bird's doorstep, a complete stranger who also happens to be her mother in law, she's truly desperate for help. Nanna Bird takes them in, realising what a tangle her son has made for this woman and three children and together they muddle along, never thinking too much about Truman.

When Baxter is offered a place at university Christie is so proud of her little boy, this is his time to shine, he's survived the struggles of the past 10 years, every penny Christie scrimped and saved to give her kids the best has paid off, that is until Truman decides that his luck has run out and he makes his way back to the not so loving embrace of his family to see what he can scam out of them... things are about to change again for the Bird family. I don't want to say much more, I don't want to give away any spoilers, but suffice to say I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Haysom demonstrates great skill in his writing setting this in the 1970s, you really get a feel for what life was like at that time (yes I know that sounds very clichéd, but hey I was born in the 1980s). The characters are fantastic, Christie is a superb character, showing great growth and depth as the story progresses, Baxter struggling with the complications of growing up and wanting independence shows is also a great character. Being able to create Truman as such a despicable character is a sign of good writing, for the author to invent such a character and keep him as awful as Truman makes this a great read.
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I found this a very good read, and in my opinion well worth the 5* rating I gave it. For a book of over 500 pages I read it surprisingly quickly, under two days, which says a lot for the story. The characterisation I felt was excellent. All of the characters came out as they should, and none really disappointed as coming out differently at the end. The messages were clear, good over bad, hope over despair. The writing was crisp, and I had no bother with the jumping of time scales, it all seemed to follow naturally, and the progress of the story was not interrupted or disjointed. A very enjoyable read, and I will certainly read his prequel 'Love Love Me Do'
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Well written, amusing story that takes place over 5 days at the start of Baxter Bird's time at the University of Leicester. Some slapstick moments and some heart wrenching stories within the story.

I didn't realise that this was a follow on to Love Love Me Do until after I'd read this- as there was no backstory so didn't really have enough insights into why they behaved in the ways they did - especially Truman. Now makes more sense, but can be read standalone.

I think this would make a great film (movie)!!

My thanks to Piatkus and Netgalley for a free advance copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I loved this book! It had everything a story needs to entertain and keep you turning the pages. I didn't realise that the book was a follow on, but not to worry, as it reads beautifully as a stand alone.

When Christie turns up at Nanna Birds house looking for shelter for herself and her three children, Nanna Bird generously takes them in and they spend the next 10 years muddling along together, trying to make ends meet. But Baxter is now ready to go to university, and Christie thinks it may be her time to shine, however an unwelcome appearance by estranged husband Truman sets the cat among the pigeons, and their lives are about to be changed again.

The story is set in the 1970's, and you get a great feel for the era through Haysom's writing. The characters are just superb, you couldn't not want to root for the wonderful Baxter and Christie and boo and jeer pantomime style at Truman, not to mention dear old Nanna Bird with her generous heart! There are some genuinely sad moments in the story and some that had me laughing out loud. So entertaining, and I can't wait to read 'Love love me do', the predecessor to this now. More of the same please Mr Haysom!

*Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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This is a lovely book – perceptive, touching, well-written and well-paced, authentic characterisation and credible dialogue. The story of an ordinary family, as it says on the cover, engaging and gentle, a real delight, and a book that deserves much more notice than it seems it has so far received. Highly recommended.
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Great follow up to Love, love me Do. Having moved to Crawley with her three kids in the hope of putting a roof over their heads and some statility back in their lives, Christie is eternally grateful for the help and undoncitional love they all receive from Nanna Bird. Living in cramped conditions life is a permanent struggle but they make it through the next 10 years fairly successfully. Then just as Baxter starts university and Christie is on the point of fulfilling her life long dream Truman re-appears and turns all their lives up-side again over the space of a couple of days. His deceit and lies treatens Baxter's future and Christies dreams and everything else in-between.

As in the previous book Love, love me do, the characters are beautifully depicted, flaws and all. It is by their individual traits, both good and bad that the story is unfolded layer by layer and each chapter ends too soon leaving you hungry for more information. In this story we learn very little about Christie's youngest child Truman Jnr. which leads me to think there is plenty of scope for a follow up book and as Imagine ends with Truman Snr still up to his old tricks I reckon we have not seen the end of him yet. I cannot wait.
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