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Summary

Winner of the 2020 Christopher Isherwood Prize

From the widely renowned author Andrew O'Hagan, a heartbreaking novel of an extraordinary lifelong friendship.

Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life.

In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, James and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit. With school over and the locked world of their fathers before them, they rush towards the climax of their youth: a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicentre of everything that inspires them in working-class Britain. There, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded, a vow is made: to go at life differently. Thirty years on, half a life away, the phone rings. Tully has news.

Mayflies is a memorial to youth's euphorias and to everyday tragedy. A tender goodbye to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.

©2020 Andrew O'Hagan (P)2020 Faber Audio

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"An immensely engaging writer: wry and witty, and insightful." (Sunday Times)

"A vivid and meticulous writer." (Observer)

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Noodles is a p**f!

I’m unaware of any more tender depiction of male friendship than the one Andrew O’Hagan draws here. It’s poignancy is all the more relevant in the ears of this West of Scotland listener, as such expression of emotion is prohibited by unspoken tribal edict. Hence my denigration of the principal character as a p**f, before taking myself to a quiet corner for a greet. Well done Big Man!

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Remarkable book

I’ve never written a review for Audible or Amazon before but felt moved to say what an extraordinarily touching and funny book this is, in my opinion. The author’s own narration added enormously to the story. Thank you - I wonder what else this writer has written.......

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Great book

Fantastic book, touching for so many reasons. Young friendship and old friendship. Love Andrew O’Hagan’s narration too

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A tale of true friendship

A book that encapsulates the best of friendship and the best of humanity.
I read the first chapter and stopped, bought my best friend a copy, then finished this brilliant book in one sitting.

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Oh my word

I want to listen all over again so I can reminisce at the end with Noodles and Tully.
Superb narration
This book and it’s narration could not be better

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Just brilliant

Being a thinker, Mayflies defo makes you consider...

Some people are easy to listen to, this makes Mayflies an audible joy!

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Outstanding.

Finished this in a day and a half. The author/narrator does an amazing job and adds real depth.

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Amazing

What a wonderful book full of humour and pathos Beautiful love story to a friendship

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Stunning

What a fantastic book. Highly recommended. A beautiful story of love and friendship. This will stay with me a long time.

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Simple beautiful

A coming of age story showing how friendships in our childhood (if held onto) can be the most beautiful parts of our existence. Love and friendship the main themes with surrounding glimpses into the how life was in the glory days, cannot recommend this book enough for many laughs, tears and recommendations into proper music.

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