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My Legendary Girlfriend

Mike Gayle

6 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance

Mike Gayle: emotions you'll never forget, stories you'll want to share

Celebrate Mike Gayle's 25th year of publishing with this special anniversary edition of his first ever novel!

Meet Will Kelly. English teacher. Film Fan. Pot Noodle expert. Ex-boyfriend.

Still in love with The One, Will is desperate to discover if there can be An-Other One. In his decrepit flat where he can't even manage to cook spaghetti hoops without setting off the communal smoke alarm, his lifeline is the telephone. Will realises that with a single call, friends can either lift him from the depths of despair or completely shatter his hopes.

There's Alice (who remembers his birthday), Simon (who doesn't), Kate (the previous tenant of his rented hovel). And of course his ex, Aggi. The inimitable Aggi. His legendary Girlfriend.

Or is She?

A hilarious, original story for anyone who has ever been dumped, or lived in a dump, 'full of belly-laughs and painfully acute observations'. (Independent on Sunday)

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Praise for My Legendary Girlfriend

  • Mike Gayle has such a talent for delving into hearts, minds and contemporary issues - Sophie Kinsella

  • Mike gets better every year and every book. He's becoming a real chronicler of our times - Jenny Colgan

  • One of my favourite writers, and this is his best yet...a relatable and yet brilliantly original story - this is a novel I could recommend to so many people - Clare Mackintosh

  • Uplifting and poignant - My Weekly

  • Mike Gayle's writing is wise, compassionate and prone to making you cry - Sunday Express

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Mike Gayle

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 eighteen novels, including The Man I Think I Know, selected as a World Book Night title, and Half A World Away, selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages. In 2021, Mike was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Romantic Novelists' Association.

He lives in Birmingham with his wife, kids and greyhound.

You can find him online at and on Twitter @mikegayle.

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