Mike Gayle - The Hope Family Calendar - Hodder & Stoughton

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • Paperback £7.99
    More information
    • ISBN:9781473608955
    • Publication date:01 Dec 2016
  • E-Book £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9781473608931
    • Publication date:16 Jun 2016
  • Downloadable audio file £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9781473609518
    • Publication date:16 Jun 2016

The Hope Family Calendar

By Mike Gayle

  • Hardback
  • £14.99

A compelling emotional rollercoaster of a novel from Mike Gayle, bestselling author of SEEING OTHER PEOPLE, TURNING THIRTY and MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND.

Tom Hope is broken. Ever since his wife Laura died he hasn't been the same man, and definitely not the same father. Luckily however, his mother-in-law Linda is there to pick up the pieces and look after his two struggling daughters, Evie and Lola.

But Tom getting arrested on the first anniversary of his wife's death is the last straw for Linda.

She decides on drastic action, and in a final attempt to make Tom reconnect with his daughters, Linda leaves for Australia. Now, with two fast-maturing girls on his hands, Tom has to learn how to accept his responsibilities and navigate the newly discovered world of single fatherhood - starting immediately.

While Linda finds her journey brings more than she bargained for, Tom suddenly has only himself to rely on.
Will he fall back into grief or finally step up and be the father his girls need?

Bittersweet, funny and sad, THE HOPE FAMILY CALENDAR is a novel about grief, love and family.

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

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781473628403
  • Publication date: 16 Jun 2016
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
I didn't move a muscle for a whole afternoon in my eagerness to finish this book. Gayle writes with such warmth and wisdom about the human condition, at the same time creating a page-turner in this charming family tale which centres so movingly around unbearable loss. His easy, confident writing style draws you in to become another member of the Hope family and share with them the - often humorous - ups and downs of learning to live again after bereavement. Neither Tom nor Linda - the main characters - are perfect, but both are endearingly real. I highly recommend this novel - I know it will stay with me for a long time. — Hilary Boyd, author of Thursdays in the Park
The Hope Family Calendar is the most heart-wrenching novel I've read this year...With a style similar to David Nicholls, Gayle's writing is incisive, lyrical and very beautiful...It's impossible not to fall in love with the Hope family. — Irish Independent
An emotional and surprisingly funny story you'll want to read in one sitting. — Fabulous
A delightfully easy and poignant read. — Closer
Praise for Mike Gayle — :
Not just readable, fresh and witty, but sophisticated in execution . . . funny but also poignant. — Independent on Sunday on TURNING THIRTY
A funny and frank account of a hopeless romantic. — The Times on MY LEGENDARY GIRLFRIEND
Wise, witty and wonderful . . . a triumph! — Jenny Colgan on TURNING FORTY
Unique, funny and full of drama . . . Genius! — Closer on THE STAG AND HEN WEEKEND
Mike Gayle has carved a whole new niche out of the male confessional novel. — Evening Standard on WISH YOU WERE HERE
Wise, witty and with endearing characters, this is a feel-good-read with lots of laughs. — Woman on WISH YOU WERE HERE
I didn't move a muscle for a whole afternoon in my eagerness to finish this book. Gayle writes with such warmth and wisdom about the human condition, at the same time creating a page-turner in this charming family tale which centres so movingly around unbearable loss. His easy, confident writing style draws you in to become another member of the Hope family and share with them the - often humorous - ups and downs of learning to live again after bereavement. Neither Tom nor Linda - the main characters - are perfect, but both are endearingly real. I highly recommend this novel - I know it will stay with me for a long time.
The Hope Family Calendar is the most heart-wrenching novel I've read this year...With a style similar to David Nicholls, Gayle's writing is incisive, lyrical and very beautiful...It's impossible not to fall in love with the Hope family.
An emotional and surprisingly funny story you'll want to read in one sitting.
A delightfully easy and poignant read.
Praise for Mike Gayle
Wise, witty and wonderful . . . a triumph!
Unique, funny and full of drama . . . Genius!
Not just readable, fresh and witty, but sophisticated in execution . . . funny but also poignant.
A funny and frank account of a hopeless romantic.
Mike Gayle has carved a whole new niche out of the male confessional novel.
Wise, witty and with endearing characters, this is a feel-good-read with lots of laughs.
Hodder & Stoughton

Half a World Away

Mike Gayle
Authors:
Mike Gayle
Coronet

A Keeper

Graham Norton
Authors:
Graham Norton

'Magnificent.. his writing is evocative and perfect. His grasp of human loneliness and longing is beautiful and comforting.' MARIAN KEYESFrom the bestselling author of Holding comes a twisted tale of family secrets set on the coast of Ireland.Dear Lonely Leinster Lady, I'm not really sure how to begin . . .* * *The truth drifts out to sea, riding the waves out of sight. And then the tide turns.Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland after her mother's death, intent only on wrapping up that dismal part of her life. There is nothing here for her; she wonders if there ever was. The house of her childhood is stuffed full of useless things, her mother's presence already fading. And perhaps, had she not found the small stash of letters, the truth would never have come to light. 40 years earlier, a young woman stumbles from a remote stone house, the night quiet but for the tireless wind that circles her as she hurries further into the darkness away from the cliffs and the sea. She has no sense of where she is going, only that she must keep on.This compelling new novel confirms Graham Norton's status as a fresh, literary voice, bringing his clear-eyed understanding of human nature and its darkest flaws.* * *Praise for Holding, winner of the Irish Book Awards' Book of the Year 2016'Poised and perceptive' Sunday Times'... a deftly plotted story as moving as it is compelling' Sunday Mirror'Deeply accomplished ... brilliantly observed' Good Housekeeping'... one of the more authentic debuts I've read in recent years ... in such an understated manner, eschewing linguistic eccentricity ... in favour of genuine characters and tender feeling ... this is a fine novel' John Boyne, Irish Times'It is beautiful and yet devastatingly sad' Daily Express'Strenuously charming ... surprisingly tender' Metro 'Heartwarming and observant' Stylist

Two Roads

The Sealwoman's Gift

Sally Magnusson
Authors:
Sally Magnusson
Hodder & Stoughton

The Man I Think I Know

Mike Gayle
Authors:
Mike Gayle
Hodder & Stoughton

The Rooster Bar

John Grisham
Authors:
John Grisham
Hodder & Stoughton

Jericho's War

Gerald Seymour
Authors:
Gerald Seymour
Coronet

The Vorrh

Brian Catling
Authors:
Brian Catling
Hodder & Stoughton

Seeing Other People

Mike Gayle
Authors:
Mike Gayle
Hodder & Stoughton

After Me, The Deluge

David Forrest
Authors:
David Forrest

This is the story of a young priest in the tiny French village of St. Pierre-des-Monts who receives a telephone call from God warning that he is about to destroy mankind with a second great flood. Only Father Benoir and his misfit flock will be saved, but they must hurry, said God, and build an ark like Noah's. AFTER ME, THE DELUGE is an outrageous, irreverent comedy which inspired one of Italy's longest running stage musicals which has been seen by over fifteen million people since it's debut in 1974.

Hodder & Stoughton

Harry's Game

Gerald Seymour
Authors:
Gerald Seymour
Two Roads

Island Wife

Judy Fairbairns
Authors:
Judy Fairbairns

'An unflinching and hugely entertaining story of family travails and triumphs' Kirsty Wark'A sensitive, brave and honest look at a life lived in the wake of others' needs' Daily MailDream of living on a remote Scottish island? ISLAND WIFE tells the story of a woman's life. Judy, at 19, met her future husband, who whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of over forty years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island.Along the way she bears five children, learns how to run a rocky hill farm, a hotel, a recording studio and the first whale watching business in the UK - all the while inventively making fraying ends meet. When her children start to leave home, things fall apart and there is sadness and joy in how she puts things back together. Funny and tender, this is a book of endless horizons and a breath of fresh air.

Hodder & Stoughton

Turning Forty

Mike Gayle
Authors:
Mike Gayle

Hodder & Stoughton

His 'n' Hers

Mike Gayle
Authors:
Mike Gayle

A brilliant romantic comedy for fans of Bridget Jones's Diary.A cat. A flat. And a couple who think it's over.From their first meeting at the student union over a decade ago, Jim and Alison successfully navigated their way through first dates, meeting parents, moving in together and more . . . Then they split up and divided their worldly goods (including a sofa, a cat and their flat) into his 'n' hers.Now, three years on and with new lives and new loves, they couldn't be happier. Until a chance encounter throws them back together, and causes them to embark on a journey through their past to ask themselves the big question: where did it all go wrong, and is it too late to put it all right?

Hodder & Stoughton

Brand New Friend

Mike Gayle
Authors:
Mike Gayle

'Funny and well-observed, this is another sure-fire hit' HeatWhen 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.

Hodder & Stoughton

Life and Soul of the Party

Mike Gayle
Authors:
Mike Gayle

A brilliant romantic comedy about a year in the lives of three couples from number one bestselling author Mike Gayle.Meet Melissa and Paul: Five years after they split up he's still looking for love in all the wrong places while she wants the one thing she can't have: Paul.Meet Chris and Vicky: They're so in tune they even brush their teeth in time with each other. So what is Chris doing risking it all for a meaningless affair?Meet Cooper and Laura: He wants to settle down, she wants to take a grown-up gap year but can their relationship really survive a year apart?Set across a year of leaving dos, birthday parties and anniversary celebrations, Life and Soul of the Party is a warm, funny and moving tale celebrating love, life and those special moments we've all spent in the kitchen at parties.

Hodder & Stoughton

The Racketeer

John Grisham
Authors:
John Grisham
Hodder & Stoughton

Lions And Liquorice

Kate Fenton
Authors:
Kate Fenton

A charming and romantic novel by Kate Fenton, set in North Yorkshire. When a TV production company burst onto the scene of a sleepy North Yorkshire town to film a version of Pride and Prejudice, there aren't just fireworks on-screen. For the production team are set on pursuing love interests off-camera with the locals, to the dismay of local novelist and journalist Nicholas Llewellyn Bevan. But despite his client's reluctance, Nicholas' literary agent, George, sees the potential in this sudden injection to glamour in the town. Landing a deal with a high-flying movie producer could be the big break his novelist has been waiting for . . .

Hodder & Stoughton

The Shelters of Stone

Jean M. Auel
Authors:
Jean M. Auel
Hodder & Stoughton

The Plains of Passage

Jean M. Auel
Authors:
Jean M. Auel

Ayla and Jondalar leave the safety of the lands of the Mammoth Hunters and embark on a seemingly impossible journey across an entire continent. Their goal is the Cro-Magnon settlement in what is now southern France where Jondalar lived as a young man. Accompanied by the half-tame Wolf, the superb stallion, Racer, and the mare, Whinney, they brave both savage enemies and the elemental dangers of weather and terrain in their search for the place that will become Home.Jean Auel's imaginative reconstruction of pre-historic life, rich in detail of language, culture, myth and ritual, has become a set text in schools and colleges around the world.

Hodder Paperbacks

Wish You Were Here

Mike Gayle
Authors:
Mike Gayle

A brilliant romantic comedy exploring beach basics for the broken-hearted from number one bestselling author Mike Gayle.Their holiday brochure said 18-30 . . . But they've just turned 35.After ten years together Charlie Mansell has been dumped by his live-in girlfriend, Sarah. All he wants to do is wallow in misery, but mates Andy and Tom have a better idea: a week of sun, sea and souvlaki in Malia, party capital of the Greek islands.But Charlie and his mates aren't eighteen any more. Or even under thirty. And it shows.It isn't the cheap beer, the late nights or even the fast-food that's the problem. It's girls. And life. And most of all . . . each other. WISH YOU WERE HERE is a heart-warming, funny and wise tale about love and friendship and how seven days in the sun can change your life forever.