The Magnificent Sons: 'Funny, beautifully observed and moving' - Adam Kay

The Magnificent Sons: 'Funny, beautifully observed and moving' - Adam Kay

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'Tales Of The City for a new generation . . . smart, touching, razor-sharp one-liners, a life-affirming read with characters that burst from the page yet remain believable. I fell utterly in love with it' John Marrs

'Funny, kind, insightful book, about those who get left behind. Sensitive, honest, and never afraid to take the piss' Russell T. Davies

Two brothers. Two different journeys. The same hope of a magnificent future.

Jake D'Arcy has spent most of his twenty-nine years trying to get his life just right. He's nearly there: great girlfriend, great friends, stable job. A distant relationship with his boisterous family - which is exactly the way he wants it. So why does everything feel so wrong?

When his popular, irritatingly confident teenage brother Trick comes out as gay to a rapturous response, Jake realises he has questions about his own repressed bisexuality, and that he can't wait any longer to find his answers.

As Trick begins to struggle with navigating the murky waters of adult relationships, Jake begins a journey that will destroy his relationship with girlfriend Amelia, challenge his closest friendships, and force him to face up to the distance between him and his family - but offers new friends, fewer inhibitions, and a glimpse of the magnificent life he never thought could be his.

'Does exactly what it says on the tin: MAGNIFICENT. Funny, beautifully observed and moving' Adam Kay, bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt

'Just wonderful. Warm, funny and believable, with characters you feel you know. And with, as ever, some enviably KILLER lines' Marina O'Loughlin

The Magnificent Sons tells the tale of two very different brothers, searching for the life they want - and for the person they want to be. Fans of The Last Romeo will delight in the same wicked sense of humour, for this timely coming-of-age story is as wise as it is witty and as sharply observed as it is deeply moving.

More praise for Justin Myers:

'Original, compelling, touching and funny' Francesca Hornak, author of Seven Days of Us

'A funny, keenly observed tale about relationships and identity' Red Magazine

'Brilliant. I fell in love with Jake and there was something special about reading the brothers' stories unfold while keeping one eye on my own magnificent sons playing in our garden' The Unmumsy Mum

'Extremely funny, with real heart, depth and resonance' Daisy Buchanan

'Insightful, heartfelt and witty' Laura Jane Williams

'So funny and sharp, yet tender and emotional too' Jill Mansell

'Brilliant, funny and incisive' Stylist
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 138 x 222 x 28mm | 480g
  • PIATKUS BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349425515
  • 9780349425511
  • 96,595

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A funny, keenly observed tale about relationships and identity * Red Magazine * In sparklingly astute prose Justin Myers pins down what it is to be struggling to articulate your sexuality in your thirties, and all the accompanying confusion, pain, family tensions and friendship shifts. Original, compelling, touching and funny -- Francesca Hornak, author of Seven Days of Us Brilliant. I fell in love with Jake and there was something special about reading the brothers' stories unfold while keeping one eye on my own magnificent sons playing in our garden -- The Unmumsy Mum This really is a touching, witty book. Myers cements his reputation for wry insights into modern sexuality -- Gareth Rubin The Magnificent Sons is a witty, warm and wonderful novel. It has a terrific cast of characters, some really rich relationships, and offers a fascinating insight into both bisexuality and sibling rivalry. As ever, Justin Myers is as sharp as a stiletto and had me laughing like a particularly filthy drain -- Matt Cain Tales Of The City for a new generation . . . I fell hard and fast for this and wasn't ready for it to end. It's an exceptional read, smart, touching, razor-sharp one-liners, a joyous, gorgeous, life-affirming read with characters that burst from the page yet remain believable. I fell utterly in love with it -- John Marrs Funny, kind, insightful book, about those who get left behind. Sensitive, honest, and never afraid to take the piss -- Russell T. Davies Just wonderful. Warm, funny and believable, with characters you feel you know. And with, as ever, some enviably KILLER lines . . . -- Marina O'Loughlin Does exactly what it says on the tin: MAGNIFICENT. Funny, beautifully observed and moving -- Adam Kay, bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt
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About Justin Myers

Justin Myers is a writer from Shipley, Yorkshire, who now lives in London. After years working in journalism, he began his popular blog The Guyliner in 2010. Justin spent five years writing dating and relationship advice for Gay Times, before joining British GQ as a weekly columnist in 2016. His work has appeared in a number of publications including the Guardian, The i, Sunday Times Style and the Irish Times. His debut novel, The Last Romeo, was published in 2018, and a second, The Magnificent Sons, is out May 2020.
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4 50% (11)
3 14% (3)
2 5% (1)
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