Number One bestselling author returns with his latest witty romantic comedy of modern life.
It s their party
Meet Melissa and Paul: Five years after they split up he s still looking for love in all the wrong places while she wants the one thing she can t have: Paul.
Meet Chris and Vicky: They re so in tune they even brush their teeth in time with each other. So what is Chris doing risking it all for a meaningless affair?
Meet Cooper and Laura: He wants to settle down, she wants to take a grown-up gap year but can their relationship really survive a year apart?
Set across a year of leaving dos, birthday parties and anniversary celebrations The Life and Soul of the Party is a warm, funny and moving tale celebrating love, life and those special moments we ve all spent in the kitchen at parties.
Mike Gayle creates real, ordinary people with real ordinary lives who are so real and so believable that you mourn for them from the moment you finish reading. - Lisa Jewell
Packed with drama, friendship, love and tragedy, this is a brilliant touching tale of what happens when real life catches up with us - Heat
Moving and powerful - Daily Mirror
What I love about Mike Gayle is the way he seamlessly blends humour and sensitivity - his books are always rip-roaringly funny, yet so humane too. - Freya North
Gayle (rather bravely) often writes in the first person as a female character, but he hits the right notes, and the result is a warm and unforced comedy... Gayle's humour is human and he has a fine eye for the quiet pain of unrequited love. - Daily Telegraph
Mike Gayle was born and raised in Birmingham. After graduating from Salford University with a degree in Sociology, he moved to London to pursue a career in journalism and worked as a Features Editor and agony uncle. He has written for a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, the Guardian and Cosmopolitan.
Mike became a full time novelist in 1997 following the publication of his Sunday Times top ten bestseller My Legendary Girlfriend, which was hailed by the Independent as 'full of belly laughs and painfully acute observations,' and by The Times as 'a funny, frank account of a hopeless romantic'. Since then he has written thirteen novels including Mr Commitment, Turning Thirty and The Man I Think I Know. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages. In 2021, Mike is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Romantic Novelists' Association.
You can find him online at mikegayle.co.uk and on Twitter @mikegayle.