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Mike Gayle


Wish You Were Here by Mike Gayle


I know I liked this book as I finished it in one day whilst travelling long distance on a variety of trains. So that must say something about its appeal. In many ways it is a companion to the previous book "Getting Rid of Matthew"- light and frothy but a good read.


Gayle writes blokish kind of books that seem to wrap you up inside them. They are very simply written with relationships the key. This one surrounds three thirty something blokes trying desperately to re-live their youth in Crete. But with them goes all the trappings and angst of their age. They feel out of place in the youth culture, but somehow try to hold onto what they once had.


The problem is they have taken a considerable amount of baggage with them and this is always going to put their friendship at risk. It is a well crafted book. Again its lack of literary merit is more than made up for by the enjoyment it gives.