by Mike Gayle (Hodder & Stoughton) at www.amazon. com
Mike Gayle has spent 15 years creating, then cornering, the male version of the chick-lit market.
Turning Forty, a follow-up to – what else? – Turning Thirty, doesn’t stray from his tested themes of new-manly angst and relationship tribulations, as health problems and a fading marriage see Matt Beckford face 40 broke and alone. He had a Porsche in the garage and a jet-set London job that required him to spend more time in British Airways’ club lounge than his own lounge, before he was forced away from the luxurious life and moved back to his parents’ Birmingham home. As his fortieth draws ever closer, he befriends his hero, endures a series of romantic entanglements, and generally questions the logic of the usual 2.4 children approach to ageing. However, all is not lost because Matt has a plan...
Gayle’s warmth and humour shine through from cover to cover in a cast of likeable and entirely believable characters. Matt’s relationship with his parents is particularly well drawn. Their own personal crossroads place his in focus and highlight, as Gayle often does, the importance of enduring family love.