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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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  • JPH
  • 05-21-17

Peter May has done it again!

Peter May has a knack of drawing you in. The story switches between 1965 & 2015. It begins in 1965, & tells the story of the friendship between 5 teenage boys from Glasgow who due to each's own personal circumstances decide to runaway to London to try & find fame & fortune as a band. They soon find out that 2 of the boys parents are following them to try to bring them home, so in order to loose them they stop at motorway services were they meet a shady stranger. There then follows a series of unfortunate events which results in a detour to Leeds to meet up with one of the boys female cousins who joins them & they eventually make it down to London.
This is London of the swinging 60's, drugs sex & rock & roll! But they soon find out that the streets of London are not paved with gold & after a few turbulent & disappointing months 3 of the 5 boys return to Glasgow...
The story then switches to 2015, the boys are all now in there late 60's. After a newspaper report that the brutally murdered body of an actor missing since 1965 is found, one of the men, terminally ill with cancer & dying decides that they need to return to London & confront the dark truth & events of 1965.
Peter May is a brilliant story teller, & now my favourite author. He switches seamlessly & effortlessly between 1965 & 2015, & always creates compelling & absorbing characters.
Peter Forbes is the consumate narrator, his voice characterisations are superb, he breathes life into all the characters even the women. He is my favourite narrator & I now look for books narrated by him. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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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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  • GJ Scott
  • 01-24-15

Great story.

I love peter Mays work and the story is a good yarn with the usual twists and turns and great characters.
I think this one tries a little too hard to squeeze in 60's historical events and clichés.
The narration is brilliant as always.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-29-18

From Glasgow to London from the sixties to today

Wonderful storyline from the swinging 60s to present day believable characters surprising twists couldn’t put this one down

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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!