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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2020 Christopher Isherwood Prize

From the widely renowned author Andrew O'Hagan, a heartbreaking novel of an extraordinary 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.

Mayflies is a memorial to youth's euphorias and to everyday tragedy. A tender goodbye to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.

©2020 Andrew O'Hagan (P)2020 Faber Audio

Critic Reviews

"An immensely engaging writer: wry and witty, and insightful." (Sunday Times)

"A vivid and meticulous writer." (Observer)

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  • MR S R PETERS
  • 03-01-21

Remarkable book

I’ve never written a review for Audible or Amazon before but felt moved to say what an extraordinarily touching and funny book this is, in my opinion. The author’s own narration added enormously to the story. Thank you - I wonder what else this writer has written.......

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  • K. R.
  • 02-22-21

Great book

Fantastic book, touching for so many reasons. Young friendship and old friendship. Love Andrew O’Hagan’s narration too

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  • nev kidd
  • 01-30-21

A tale of true friendship

A book that encapsulates the best of friendship and the best of humanity.
I read the first chapter and stopped, bought my best friend a copy, then finished this brilliant book in one sitting.

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  • Sam Hall
  • 06-02-21

What an incredible book

This book has all the emotions. I laughed, was astounded and shocked and I cried. It is a beautiful story of youth, growth, friendship and courage. I loved every second.

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  • Diane P.
  • 12-03-20

Oh my word

I want to listen all over again so I can reminisce at the end with Noodles and Tully.
Superb narration
This book and it’s narration could not be better

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  • Ian W James/Kathy James
  • 02-06-21

Amazing

What a wonderful book full of humour and pathos Beautiful love story to a friendship

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  • Darren George Nicoll
  • 01-17-21

Simple beautiful

A coming of age story showing how friendships in our childhood (if held onto) can be the most beautiful parts of our existence. Love and friendship the main themes with surrounding glimpses into the how life was in the glory days, cannot recommend this book enough for many laughs, tears and recommendations into proper music.

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  • Mollie
  • 01-01-21

Possibly the best book we heard this year

Sublime. Read it. Beyond excellent.
we read so many excellent books in 2020 but Mayflies was the best by far. incredible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-21

Ok

This book was nostalgic and wistful, with a few poignant moments, but overall not for me.

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  • Pete Buckley
  • 01-04-21

A window into friendship, life, love and loss.

It has to be said the narration by the author Andrew O'Hagan really did bring this book to life with so many personal, group and themes of a time insights that ensured you felt you were there. A great story of friendship and loss told with vivid details not just of the environments, settings and places, but critically the personalities and individuals who formed the main protagonists. For anyone who lived during these times the book is a rare and real reminder of what life was like (albeit in and around Glasgow and Manchester) at that time. The final 1/3 had me gripped listening to every nuance of details shared and the humanness of life, friendship, love and loss. The best book I've hear in months and may yet be my best for 2021.

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  • 06-26-22

Buy another

Very thin plot - nothing really happened. Narrator hard to understand at times. Was glad when it finished.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-21

Rich and exquisite

This will stay with me a long time, I will miss Tully for a good while, the irreverent, sharp, intelligent, compassionate rebel. A very special insight into friendship, life and death. Beautifully written and read by Andrew OHagan , thank you.

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  • Kapurne
  • 07-23-21

Loved it.

The kind of book you find yourself parked outside your house listening to because you can’t leave it. Beautifully read by the author and a beautiful story.

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  • Jack
  • 05-02-21

beautiful reflection on living and dying

A beautiful novel about what it means to live a meaningful life and what it means to die a meaningful death

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-23-21

A Story Not to be Missed

A beautiful story which made me laugh out loud and weep in public. A great description of growing up through the 80s. An inspired description of life and friendship of struggle and determination. Carefully crafted, wonderfully told. Exceptional.

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  • Sharlene Timmons
  • 04-15-21

I'm crying and laughing!!

I will be listening to this book again! the story interweaving the bright lives of some mates on a weekend of crazy fun, and then catching them in their later years is wonderful. Then following Tully and Noodles till the end...i don't want to give anything away.

Do yourself a favour, listen to this story.

Andrew O'Hagans Scottish accent is a delight to listen to. I'm an Aussie who is a sucker for this accent!

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  • Lauren
  • 01-23-21

reality bites

a story read by the author and I don't think anyone could have told it with so much emotion.
the story itself is moving but not so profound to make you sit in a corner contemplating the mortality of life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-21

A fantastic story

I chose this book on the recommendation by Trent Dalton when he appeared on ABC and was asked to pick some favourite books. Very entertaining but also very poignant.

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  • 10-04-20

Beautifully written and read

I loved this book, the characters, the places and the times...beautifully performed by the author.