- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed Mark Haysom's other e-books (both short stories and novels) so much that I couldn't wait read this book, following on from the previous, cover-to-cover read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read love,love me do which I really enjoyed so bought Imagine.It was as good as the first, if not better. I went from being angry, sad ,happy and back again with every chapter. Read morePublished 9 months ago
Loved this book! Had already read Love me Do and couldn't wait to read the sequel Imagine. Love Mark Haysom's writing - the characters come to life and you care about the good ones... Read morePublished 12 months ago by P. Kinsella
I enjoyed Love Me Do by Mark Hayson so looked forward to this the follow up. What a disappointment. There was very little new here. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alexander Bryce
A great follow up to Love Me Do, really good story lines I hope we haven't seen the last of Truman -more please -but not in Kindle format -there is nothing to beat a proper book.Published 15 months ago by eva
Fantastic follow up to Mark Haysom's debut novel! I was gripped!Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer