The Magnificent Sons

The Magnificent Sons : a coming-of-age novel full of heart, humour and unforgettable characters

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'Funny, beautifully observed and moving' Adam Kay

'Tales Of The City for a new generation . . . smart, touching, razor-sharp one-liners, a life-affirming read . . . I fell utterly in love with it' John Marrs

'Funny, kind, insightful book, about those who get left behind' Russell T Davies

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

At twenty-nine, Jake D'Arcy has finally got his life just right. Job with prospects: check. Steady girlfriend: check. Keeping his exhausting, boisterous family at bay: check. So why isn't he happier?

When his confident, much-adored younger 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 must confront himself and those closest to him. He's beginning to believe his own life could be magnificent, if he can be brave enough to make it happen . . .

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

'MAGNIFICENT. It's all about the complicated issues of families and sexuality, the writing is pacy, smart and funny, and the storytelling is first-rate' Adam Kay, bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt

'Wonderful . . . touching on all the psychological intricacies, and the ripples of social and family consequences [of coming out]. But it's just as much a book about sibling love and the value of friendship. Populated with a likeable, diverse and witty cast of characters, it's a sure-footed narrative about finding your feet.' The Irish Times

'With razor sharp observation, this coming of age story is full of heart' Sunday Mirror

'Raw and honest, more complex and real than most coming out stories' The i Paper

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

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 28mm | 260g
  • Piatkus Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349416958
  • 9780349416953
  • 305,741

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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 Funny, kind, insightful book, about those who get left behind. Sensitive, honest, and never afraid to take the piss -- Russell T Davies 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 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 This really is a touching, witty book. Myers cements his reputation for wry insights into modern sexuality -- Gareth Rubin 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 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 A funny, keenly observed tale about relationships and identity * Red Magazine * With razor sharp observation, this coming of age story is full of heart * Sunday Mirror * Really funny, really moving, really sweet, a really great read . . . I tore through it . . . Love it! -- Lindsey Kelk The Magnificent Sons is a compelling story that explores the intricacies of family and sexuality, while being entertaining and amusing; pick yourself a sunny afternoon and devour it! -- Is That You Darling Justin Myers (AKA The Guyliner) brings his signature wit and empathy to this portrait of a larger-than-life family at a crossroads. It sparkles with humour and some great set pieces underpinned by a reflective layer concerned with self-and mutual acceptance. He does a good job of conveying the incomprehension and preconceptions which surround bisexuality -- Isabel Costello
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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.
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Rating details

346 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 32% (111)
4 37% (129)
3 25% (85)
2 5% (17)
1 1% (4)
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