Brand New Friend

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Hodder & Stoughton, 2006 - Best friends - 352 pages
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When Rob's girlfriend asks him to leave London and live with her in Manchester not only will it mean moving cities, it'll also mean leaving behind his best mate in the entire world. Believing that love conquers all and convinced of his ability to make new friends, Rob takes the plunge.

Six months in, and yet to find so much as a regular drinking buddy, Rob realises that sometimes making friends in your thirties can be the hardest thing to do. With drastic action needed, his girlfriend puts an ad in the classifieds for him. Three excruciatingly embarrassing "bloke dates" later, Rob begins to truly despair. Until his luck changes...

There's just one problem. Apart from knowing less than nothing about music trivia, football, and the vital statistics of supermodels, Rob's new friend has one huge flaw...

She's a girl.

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3 stars. This book gutted me. I'm glad it ended as it did, but at the same time, I'm really not. Update January 24, 2015: I've reread this one twice since my first read, and I think I can say with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Juliana Graham - Goodreads

The thing I like about Mike Gayle's books is that all his characters feel real - like you could meet any of them at work or on a night out - and this book is no exception. Following the story of Rob ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Previously an Agony Uncle, Mike Gayle is a freelance journalist who has contributed to a variety of magazines including FHM, Sunday Times Style and Cosmopolitan. He is the author of five previous bestselling novels.

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