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Publisher's Summary

In 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year's end three returned, and returned damaged. In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their sixties, to journey back to London and finally confront the dark truth they have run from for five decades.

Runaway is a crime novel covering fifty years of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered and passions lit and extinguished; set against the backdrop of two unique and contrasting cities at two unique and contrasting periods of recent history.

©2014 Peter May (P)2014 Quercus Publishing Ltd

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Different, familiar and enjoyable.

Intriguing and spellbinding after slowly setting its hooks into you.
We have enjoyed the Enzo books, the Lewis books, Entry Island, Coffin Road and still found a new dimension to explore, even as we felt very comfortable in Peter's techniques.
Highly recommended.

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  • Colin M
  • 01-08-15

Another Peter May Classic

What made the experience of listening to Runaway the most enjoyable?

Peter Forbes is a most engaging narrator and listening to him detail the characters I was totally sucked in.

What did you like best about this story?

Classic Peter May, I have all his books and listening to them causes me to take the dog on the longer walk and I drive the long road home. This story had me laughing out loud standing on a train platform, it also had me welling up in places.

A simple everyday story that can be related to by most, beautifully written. A masterpiece as we have come to expect from Peter. The narrator Peter Forbes brings all to life with the warmth of a bed time story.

Superb literature that I highly recommend.

Have you listened to any of Peter Forbes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to all Peters audio books. This ranks very highly.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Glesga boys on tour

Any additional comments?

Keep them coming Peter, thank you.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • jane
  • 01-02-15

A great listen!

I have listened to most of Peter May's books but this is by far the best. The plot, the characters and the narrator make for a great listen.

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  • Iain Crockett
  • 02-14-15

powerfully nostalgic if you are of a certain age!

This is a wonderful book about a group of friends looking back at their youth. Peter May used this device in Entry Island but this is a better written book. This is a srory of adventure and loss, of lost time and paths not raken, of promises kept and secrets revealed.The narration and characterisation of the protagonists is absolutely brilliant. first time I have been tempted to start from the beginning straight away.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • ANNIE60
  • 01-23-15

Unpredictable

What did you like most about Runaway?

I did not know what to expect as the story went along

What did you like best about this story?

How it evolved and dragged you into the lives of these meb

Which character – as performed by Peter Forbes – was your favourite?

Cant say. They were all so well "acted "

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think all the characters were so touching so cannot pick one out

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed reading this book as always so well written and the people so real. It was brilliantly told by Peter Forbes. He really brings any book he reads to life

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Hes
  • 01-06-15

Fantastic

I've read a lot of Peter May novels & this was as expected fantastic highly recommend it.
Can't wait for the next one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • 02-01-15

For those who dreamed of running away to London

I very much like Peter May and I thoroughly enjoyed this book and listened/read (whisper sync) in just a few days. For all of us who dreamed of running away to London back in the 60's this is the book for you. Written in the past (1960's) and present, our cast of characters back when they were young are wholly believable and London life in what seemed a daring time not far off the mark. I was not quite as convinced by the current thread of the storyline nor of the overall plot - but, this really is well worth a listen for old times sake. Overlook the slightly shakey bits and just enjoy.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • AnnaJ
  • 01-07-15

Once again brilliant.

It is not of the Lewis trilogy level but it is an engaging tale, well told that makes you feel part of the journey. Perceptions are challenge, the story is told without drama. Great ending. Sadly now back to waiting for another Peter May book to be written.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Anon
  • 01-02-15

Peter May does it again

Captivating, once you meet the characters you are immediately drawn into their adventures. The clever balance of past and present day story line makes the tale all the more absorbing. Excellent would recommend it to everyone as a great story!!

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  • Hurtlejolt
  • 06-02-17

A Fabulous Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Runaway to be better than the print version?

Yes, the narration is spot on,

What was one of the most memorable moments of Runaway?

The old soldier at the lunch club.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Leeds chase.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I found it hard to put down.

Any additional comments?

So well written, and beautifully narrated. You certainly feel the author knows his subject.

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  • Gavingks
  • 05-29-16

Very different and none the worse for that

Enjoyed Peter May's Lewis series a great deal so was very keen to try this one. So different from the others but still had that wonderful feel that he captures. It is all about the links between his characters. He does it brilliantly.
Clever story flashing across 50 years. The same characters then and now. the then becomes the story of now. a brilliant weave.
Only confusion i had and it is not a complaint. this is the same narrator as in the Lewis Series and I took a bit of time to not think of the key characters from them. I was worried this would spoil the story for me. After about 15 minuets that fear was rested.
Great book with wonderful plots.

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  • Angela
  • 02-16-15

Beautiful, funny, sad - brilliant.

Peter May - what can I say? This and the Lewis Trilogy are such beautiful prose. Even when he is describing the mundane his words are such a pleasure to listen to and always evocative of whatever he is writing about. Runaway is a great story and May manages to tell it with empathy and insight into his elderly characters as he did in 'The Lewis Man'. I found it very moving at times as well as funny and sad. The reader, Peter Forbes, is exceptional, managing to make every character distinct and doing an outstanding job of capturing the reader. I could envisage every bit of this book and could not bear to stop listening. Can't wait for Peter May's next book.

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  • Looraine
  • 08-11-15

Great read

As always great story wonderfully written and very well read I recommend all his books

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  • Ann Rutter
  • 07-15-17

Absorbing!

Beautifully narrated! Wonderfully suspend full story splendidly written.
I enjoyed it so much I just didn't want it to finish. Thank you Peter May and well done Peter Forbes!