Wednesday 14th October, 6.30pm
MAYFLIES by 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.

'An immensely engaging writer: wry and witty, and insightful.' - Sunday Times

'A vivid and meticulous writer.' - Observer
“Mayflies is one of those novels to press into the hands of friends. Beautifully written — wise, funny, poetic, alert to time, place and the ordinary human... I adored this book.” - Carol Ann Duffy
“Mayflies is entirely unexpected; a joyful, warm and heart-filling tribute to the million-petalled flower of male friendship… This book will last beyond these feverish times: it’s not just a reminder that culture makes the worst things bearable, but a beautiful example of it in action.”
- The Times