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The Stag and Hen Weekend

By Mike Gayle

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A brilliant romantic comedy from number one bestselling author Mike Gayle, author of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A BACHELOR, perfect for anyone who is even thinking of getting married

The Stag and Hen Weekend is the story of Phil and Helen, a couple in their thirties about to commit their lives to one another . . . that is of course if they can just manage to get through their respective stag and hen weekends (his: Amsterdam; hers: a country house and day spa in the Peak District) without falling apart. Told in the unique form of two separate stories that have common characters as well as themes and conclusion, The Stag and Hen Weekend can be read from front to back or from back to front putting the reader in the driver's seat as to which story they wish to read first. Feisty, fun and thought provoking.

Biographical Notes

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. His bestselling novels include MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND, MR COMMITMENT, TURNING THIRTY, HIS 'N' HERS and BRAND NEW FRIEND. He keeps a website at www.mikegayle.co.uk and can be found on Facebook and on twitter.com/mikegayle

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  • ISBN: 9781444708608
  • Publication date: 14 Feb 2013
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
Gayle at his best — Sun
A unique story, filled with quirky off-beat characters . . . An addictive read from start to finish . . . Filled to the brim with vibrant characters and one-liners, Mike Gayle brings a breath of fresh air to the chick-lit genre. — Handwritten Girl
Innovative new book from chick-lit king Mike Gayle . . . it's hilarious — Now

Praise for THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A BACHELOR:
'This is Mike Gayle at his best - funny, charming, and life-affirming'

Daily Mirror
Unique, funny and full of drama, we loved this story's twist - you can read the hen's tale first, or read from the back and check out the stag's trip. Genius! — Closer
'The Brummie author is particularly adept at depicting male and female characters with equal conviction . . . He affords his characters patience, and his plots all move along swimmingly on the back of his clear and comfy prose . . . The execution is pretty damn smart' Book of the Week **** — Daily Mirror
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