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The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle: 'Uplifting', 'heart-warming', 'this is THE love story of the year'

Matt Cain

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A charming, heart-warming and surprising story of long lost love, courage and hope by journalist and LGBTQ+ activist Matt Cain. If you loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, were blown away by It's A Sin and lost your heart to Beautiful Thing, you'll fall head over heels for this!

'Wonderful. Written with such a good heart, filled with joy and strength and optimism . . . inventive and fun but most importantly, true.' RUSSELL T. DAVIES

'I loved it! Really heart-warming and joyful, but also so poignant. I cannot recommend this book highly enough' LORRAINE KELLY

'A rollicking love story' IAN McKELLEN 'Albert is such an endearing character - flawed, funny and awkward, but completely relatable. A wonderfully warm story that completely drew me in' RUTH HOGAN


Albert Entwistle was a postman. It was one of the few things everyone knew about him. And it was one of the few things he was comfortable with people knowing.

64-year-old Albert Entwistle has been a postie in a quiet town in Northern England for all his life, living alone since the death of his mam 18 years ago. He keeps himself to himself. He always has. But he's just learned he'll be forced to retire at his next birthday. With no friends and nothing to look forward to, the lonely future he faces terrifies him. He realises it's finally time to be honest about who he is. He must learn to ask for what he wants. And he must find the courage to look for George, the man that, many years ago, he lost - but has never forgotten . . .

Join Albert as he sets out to find the long-lost love of his life, and has an unforgettable and completely life-affirming adventure on the way . . . This is a love story the likes of which you have never read before!

'Prepare to fall in love with Albert Entwistle! Touching and tender' S. J. WATSON

'Albert is delightful and charming, and the book is too' JONATHAN HARVEY

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Praise for The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle: 'Uplifting', 'heart-warming', 'this is THE love story of the year'

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Matt Cain

Matt Cain is an author, a leading commentator on LGBT+ issues, and a former journalist. He was Channel 4's first Culture Editor, Editor-In-Chief of Attitude magazine, and has judged the Costa Prize, the Polari Prize and the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. He won Diversity in Media's Journalist Of the Year award in 2017 and is an ambassador for Manchester Pride and the Albert Kennedy Trust, plus a patron of LGBT+ History Month. Born in Bury and brought up in Bolton, he now lives in London.

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