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Mayflies
Mayflies | Andrew O'Hagan
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An unforgettable coming-of-age novel that becomes a profound mediation on life, death, and 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--news that forces the life-long friends to confront their own mortality head-on. What follows is an incredibly moving examination of the responsibilities and obligations we have to those we love. Mayflies is at once a finely-tuned drama about the delicacy and impermanence of human connection and an urgent inquiry into some of the most important questions of all: Who are we? What do we owe to our friends? And what does it mean to love another person amidst tragedy?
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andrew61
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It's rdg grp on Wed + this is up for discussion. A bk about abt 2 yng men in Glasgow in 1986, on the cusp adulthood with v different family lives who head to Manchester for a weekend of music and living life. Cut to 2017 + Tully has something to tell his best friend Jimmy which changes their lives. V evocative of the 80's and the joy of being young, nails the feeling of aging, lost youth and friendship. Definitely a memorable and moving read.

TrishB I loved this one ♥️ totally agree with your review, I related a lot to this. 1mo
CarolynM Great review. I loved this one too. 1mo
Cathythoughts Stacked! 1mo
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mjtwo
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25 Feb-9 Mar 22
The first part of this book was very nostalgic for me - friends in their early 20s make haphazard plans to attend a music festival and we are privy to the drunken chaos that ensues. The second part I am fortunately yet to encounter - the imminent and premature death of one of those friends, from a time when we thought we were immortal. The questions around love, debts of friendship and dying with dignity are examined beautifully.

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Rissreads
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This book is outstanding, the writing is exquisite!
Quotes:
They say you know nothing at 18. But there are things you know at 18 that you will never know again.‘
We came into Manchester like air into Xanadu. The place was a state of mind to us and we saw cascades of glitter in ordinary things.‘
Pure uninhibited joy the first half and utter devastation in the second half.
Thankyou @CarolynM for gifting it to me it‘s now one of my new favourites!

CarolynM Glad you liked it too🙂 How have you been getting on in the ridiculously hot weather over there? 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Carolyn, thank you so much for this gift! I have stacked the book after seeing it in your favourite reads of the year, and how wonderful it is to receive a copy from you! Thank you, and I also appreciate the pretty cleaning cloth, I should use it to wipe my bookshelves but then it‘s too pretty to use!
Happy 2022! @CarolynM

CarolynM Wow, after all the trouble getting it posted it's arrived really fast! Hope you lile the book as much as I did. The cloth is good for glasses, if you wear them, or for screens🙂 4mo
Cathythoughts Lovely! Look forward to your review ( when you get there 😄) . 4mo
LeahBergen What a very lovely gift! 😊 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM oops! For glasses, okay, I do wear them. ☺️ Thank you! 😘 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM I was surprised it arrived rather quick too! On another note, did you receive a mysterious parcel from BD? I ordered a book for you on 6 Dec. 🧐And there should be a card too, probably lost in transit. 😒 4mo
batsy Lovely! That card is so cute 🐨 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @batsy Indeed! 🥰 I hope to read the book this year!😄 4mo
CarolynM I got a lovely card from you last week, thank you. And a copy of Summerwater arrived before Christmas that no-one has claimed - was that from you? 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM I‘m so glad both has arrived! Sorry I didn‘t see your post. You should be receiving another copy of Summerwater soon from BD (replacement copy). 🤦‍♀️ You could pass it on to your friend. 😘 4mo
CarolynM I hope BD were replacing it not you. I have a friend who I think would like it very much so I will pass it on. Thank you again😘 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM No worries, it‘s a replacement by BD. 😊 4mo
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CarolynM
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#12booksof2021 #5thbookof2021 #May

My no.1 book of 2021. I loved the joyous youthful energy of the first part and the melancholy and tenderness of the second.
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks good. 5mo
sarahbarnes I haven‘t read this one - stacking! 5mo
Rissreads I‘m very excited to read this! 🙏🏻 5mo
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MicheleinPhilly
Mayflies | Andrew O'Hagan
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This book made my heart grow 3 sizes and then shattered it into a million pieces. I could barely read the last 20 pages due to the fog of my tears. So poignant and relatable. I loved everything about it. ❤️

vivastory Sold! 5mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too. 💔 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory As a music lover, I think you‘ll really like this one. 5mo
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Amiable Ok, now I need to stack this one. I‘m a sucker for the books that give me an emotional gut punch. 5mo
Kalalalatja I have this in my stack to read before my baby comes. Your review just moved it further up the pile! 🙌 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Kalalalatja KATJA! So nice to “see” you! How does the baby feel about salty candy? 😉 5mo
TrishB I loved this. The first half was just my life in the 80s. ♥️ 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB And mine in the 90s. Now you couldn‘t PAY me to go to a music festival. 👵🏼 5mo
CarolynM Best book I read this year. 5mo
Kalalalatja @MicheleinPhilly well, I have a feeling she loves it, because I‘m craving it 😅 but according to the health officials in Denmark, you should limit your intake of salty candy in pregnancy, since it can raise your blood pressure. Sooooo… there‘s that 😅 but luckily, she‘s a fan of chocolate, cake and everything sweet, too, so I‘m all set for now 😉 5mo
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TrishB
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Oh I loved this one ❤️ the first part made me feel quite nostalgic, a lot was my 80s life -except obviously in Liverpool.
The second part was 💔 but so well written.
Thank you Cindy 😘

Cinfhen Yay!!!! I had a feeling this would speak to you xxxxxx 9mo
TrishB @Cinfhen it definitely did ♥️ 9mo
BarbaraBB Happy you liked it. When I read it I had to think of you so often! 9mo
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TrishB @BarbaraBB I had waves of nostalgia in the first half that were really emotional! At that point in 1986 I was living in one of the poorest areas in the U.K. (Europe) and life was exactly like that. I vowed to get out but that person is always still there. Music, books, politics and friends ♥️ 9mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a wonderful read for you ❤️ 9mo
shawnmooney Oooh I have had this one on my TBR for quite some time. I think I‘ll have to bump it way up almost to the top! And I‘m going to heart-bomb a certain @Cinfhen here too, just because. (If I can still remember how to do this stuff on Litsy… :-) 9mo
Cinfhen Hi 👋 @shawnmooney 😘😘 #MyFirstAndOnlyLitsyCrush 🥰🥰🥰Hope all is well 9mo
shawnmooney @Cinfhen Much better now...thanks to you! 😍 9mo
TrishB @shawnmooney I really enjoyed it. 9mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts it definitely was. 9mo
CarolynM I grew up in a suburb almost entirely populated by migrants from the poorest parts of the U.K. Even though I'm on the other side of the world that first part, and the way it informed the second, was entirely relatable. As you say, music, books, politics, friends❤️ 9mo
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TrishB
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#litsybookmail
Woohoo look what‘s arrived 😁
Thank you so much to my lovely friend Cindy- this must have been very quick- you‘ve only just read Ariadne!! Looking forward to these. 😘♥️

Cinfhen Yay❣️❣️❣️ enjoy 🎉🎉😘 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I definitely will 😁❤️ 10mo
persephone1408 I'm dying to read ariadne 10mo
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TrishB @persephone1408 I think my daughter will grab that one first! 10mo
squirrelbrain Lovely! ❤️ 10mo
Cathythoughts So lovely ❤️ 10mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts it definitely is ❤️ 10mo
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BarbaraBB
Mayflies | Andrew O'Hagan
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They were boys in the 80s and they lived life to the max. A highlight was Manchester‘s Festival of the 10th Summer. That weekend marked the end of their shared youth. Reality hits hard thirty years later when they‘re men with jobs and marriages and responsibilities. It makes them yearn for the days when they were young and invincible.
A great story about male friendship.

(Picture: Sifnos, Greece)

Cathythoughts Nice review! Beautiful picture ☀️ 10mo
squirrelbrain Great review - and great view! 💙 10mo
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed🙂 Looks like you're having a wonderful holiday. 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous view and nice review 👍 🚤 ☀️ 10mo
Cinfhen Echoing the others!!! Perfect review and lovely photo 🥰I‘m glad this was a pick for you. Even though it‘s a story of best guy mates, I found it very relatable. 10mo
IuliaC Nice review! Enjoy your holiday! 🌞 10mo
BarbaraBB I loved The Smiths too back then. And I think it really describes male friendships. So much more easygoing than female ones (in my experience at least!) @Cinfhen 10mo
BarbaraBB Have you read it @TrishB ? I think you might enjoy it too! 10mo
TrishB Not yet! It‘s on its way via another friend ❤️ great pic ! 10mo
Cinfhen 💯!! Guys can ALWAYS be friends without any DRAMA 10mo
Megabooks Fantastic review!! 10mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Exactly! The drama makes me want to be a man at times 😂 10mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks 😊 thank you! 10mo
KarenUK Lovely pic….. I really liked this book (and the Smiths!) too 👯‍♀️ (edited) 10mo
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Cinfhen
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Stunning writing 🙌🏻🙌🏻
A story of male friendship from best mates to closet confidants
Part one set in 1980‘s ( when punk rock ruled 🇬🇧 and friends could fix anything
Part two - present day when you learn friends can‘t fix everything but the friendships of youth are unbreakable

Cinfhen Forgot this is my #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks 11mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too 💕 11mo
Megabooks Great review! 11mo
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KarenUK Soooooo good 💕 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
Cinfhen I totally thought of you too @KarenUK @squirrelbrain when I was reading and @JennyM @BarbaraBB 11mo
JennyM @Cinfhen I loved this one too. Your book spidey sense is spot on! 😆😘 (edited) 11mo
BarbaraBB Sounds fab and it‘s been awhile since I read Andrew O‘Hara! Have N and A arrived safely? 🤍 11mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I have it stacked already 11mo
Cinfhen Yessssssssssss @BarbaraBB ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️ 11mo
Cinfhen I know my readers @JennyM @KarenUK xxxx 11mo
TrishB Can‘t wait to read♥️ great review. Can‘t believe you‘re still finding reading time! 11mo
Cinfhen The kids passed out from jet-lag on Saturday from 3pm -7:30pm @TrishB 11mo
TrishB 😁 a nice little interlude then. 11mo
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ErraticElle
Mayflies | Andrew O'Hagan
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Poignant, character-driven literary fiction about friendship, love, & grief. Atmospheric writing containing some wonderfully emotional moments & capturing the capriciousness of youth in post-punk era Britain. Told in two separate time periods, which disjointed the novel somewhat. A good read for those who love literary fiction & should be able to create an even deeper connection with those who grew up in Great Britain or have Scottish backgrounds.

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Cinfhen
Mayflies | Andrew O'Hagan
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#BookMail Thanks to a wonderful review by @CarolynM and a total #CoverCrush I couldn‘t resist this one from #BookDepository

squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 11mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! Good to know ♥️ @squirrelbrain 11mo
CarolynM Enjoy! 11mo
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Cinfhen It‘s a slim novel so I‘ll probably pick it up sooner than later @CarolynM 11mo
KarenUK I adored this book. It‘s soooooo good 💕 11mo
Cinfhen Oh, you loved it @KarenUK that gives me good hopes 💜💜💜 11mo
TrishB Been on my watching list for a while! Will await your review 😁 11mo
Cinfhen I‘ll keep u posted @TrishB 😘 11mo
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CarolynM
Mayflies | Andrew O'Hagan
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Very much a book of two halves. In the first it's 1986 and Jimmy, Tully and their Glasgow crew spend a weekend carousing through the pubs and clubs of Manchester in haze of drugs, booze, music in the exuberance of early adulthood. The second part, 30 years later, sees the ties of these old friendships tested in the face of mortality. It's seriously good. I loved it.

LeahBergen I‘ve been reading good things about this one. Nice review! 13mo
Cathythoughts Yes , nice review! Stacked 👍🏻 13mo
Centique Such a good review - I have it stacked already or else I would stack it again! 13mo
Rissreads I‘ve already stacked it. Great review 👍🏼 13mo
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RobinGustafson
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I received the first book in a book subscription my aunt gifted me for my birthday. Such fun packaging, and the selection is one I‘ve been wanting to read. Really cool

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JennyM
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So excited to start this 💥🙌💥 #currentlyreading

BarbaraBB I thought I was looking at 2y
JennyM @BarbaraBB it does look similar! Trying to distract myself from the US election news - what a crazy time! 2y
BarbaraBB Incredible. The madman. It‘s beyond me people still voted for him and what he stands for after the last four years. 2y
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TrishB @BarbaraBB @JennyM I can‘t believe the counting takes so long!! 2y
squirrelbrain I really liked this one - hope you do too! 2y
JennyM @TrishB @BarbaraBB it‘s total madness and such a process. Very different from the voting system I know. I‘ve learnt a heap this week! 2y
JennyM @squirrelbrain I have a feeling I‘m going to love it. I‘ve fallen easily in step with the writing already. Hope the job is going well and you are looking after yourself 😘 2y
squirrelbrain I much preferred the second half to the first so if you‘re already loving it... 😁 Thanks for asking about the job - bit stressful at the mo as we‘ve just had to close our 17 charity shops (again) due to second lockdown. It means a huge loss of income for us, and lots of work to furlough everyone... but I am trying to look after myself... how are you doing? 2y
Crazeedi @squirrelbrain sending a big hug 2y
JennyM @squirrelbrain it‘s so sad to see the UK in another lockdown. I hope it helps reduce the cases and you can start to look at safely reopening. I can only imagine how stressful it must be furloughing people. Big hugs. I‘m good thanks - just getting my head around the fact it‘s Nov already and I need to start thinking about Xmas! The longest but quickest year on record! 2y
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squirrelbrain
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This is most definitely a book of two halves. In the first half it is 1986; James and Tully and their mates go on a bender in Manchester. Whilst I enjoyed this part, it did feel a little bit derivative in places, like I‘d read it before.

The second half, when Tully rings James with some terrible news, I absolutely adored. It‘s a heartbreaking paean to male friendship, which then made me want to re-read and reflect on the first part again.

rockpools Sounds great - but not easy 😢 2y
JillR I read a review of this last week and was intrigued. Will read it based on your review! 2y
squirrelbrain It wasn‘t @rockpools - I did shed a tear or two, but so well written. 2y
squirrelbrain @JillR - it has had some good reviews hasn‘t it? I hope you enjoy it - I look forward to your thoughts. 2y
JillR Might take me a while to get to it 😬 but will tag you when I do! 2y
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Minervasbutler
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The first part of this novel is set in 1986 and is mainly taken up with a booze and drug-fueled weekend in 1986 as a gang of young lads from Glasgow descend upon Manchester.
Halfway through we skip forward 30 years and meet up with our heroes firmly into late middle age. I don't want to give spoilers but the book takes on a much more sombre hue. A lovely, honest, unsentimental paean to friendship.

RidgewayGirl That sounds good. I'll have to find a copy. 2y
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KarenUK
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Because of my job (bookseller) and Litsy, it‘s rare to find books #IreadbasedSOLELYontheircovers because usually I‘ve seen reviews or posts.... but here are #3books that I loved, and went in blind...

- Mayflies, because the cover reminded me of a cheerier A Little Life!
- The Regrets is striking and odd...🤷‍♀️
-Pew is a beautiful naked hardcover, and I had no idea what the embossed splodges of silver foil were.... 🤷‍♀️

All 3 were fantastic!

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool covers!! 2y
Freespirit I know none of these..so thanks for sharing! 2y
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KarenUK
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#popsummer20 #summerbeforecollege
A bittersweet story of lifelong friendships, nostalgia for youth, love and devastating loss, written with such heart, compassion and sensitivity.
It‘s the summer of 86, as a gang of young Glaswegians take a road trip for the ‘Festival of the 10th Summer‘. These lads are full of bravado and exuberance, formed by the books and music they love and the movies they endlessly quote..... (continued below 👇)

KarenUK Through the eyes of quiet Jimmy, and the charismatic Tully, we spend a wild weekend with them, as they dance, drink and joke the time away.
Jump forward 30 yrs and this friendship is no less significant to these men, as they face Tully‘s terminal illness and his final months.
Funny, moving and ultimately so heartbreaking, I loved it.
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KarenUK @TrishB I think you might really like this one... 2y
LeahBergen This sounds good! 2y
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Soubhiville Ooo, sounds like something I‘d love! (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Oh, this sounds fabulous 💕 2y
TrishB Stacked, this sounds great, not out here until 1 September. 2y
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB It‘s not out here until March! Thank goodness for transatlantic 1-clicking! 2y
KarenUK @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly It‘s on NetGalley as “read now” if that helps.... 2y
TrishB @KarenUK @MicheleinPhilly I don‘t do netgalley.....too scared of all the books piling up and not wanting to read them 😱 2y
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