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LOVE, LOVE ME DO reviews

What the critics say about Mark Haysom’s debut novel, ‘Love, Love Me Do’ +++ Laura Lockington, B&H Independent, October 30 2014 ‘You’ll be cheering the wonderful characters along as hope and optimism win the day’ This book transports you immediately straight back to the 1960s, with this touching and heart-warming tale. It’s a book about love, in all its complicated and messy forms. It’s set in 1963, the year that The Beatles first top the charts, the year that Martin Luther King had a dream, and the year that Truman Bird unceremoniously drags his family from their Brighton home and abandons them in a leaky caravan in the middle of the Ashdown Forest. And then disappears. Christie Bird married Truman too young. She’d had a great job in Hanningtons (and the description of that creaking, charmingly old-fashioned department store is wonderful) and didn’t want to leave work. But, back then, that’s […]

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Five Characters in Search of a Theme Song

Annabel’s House of Books, October 14 2014 ‘An intriguing novel … I really enjoyed it’ By ANNABEL GASKELL Looking at the title and cover of this book, I was expecting something light-hearted, a little bit sixties rock’n’roll, a bit Nick Hornby-ish if you will – and involving a caravan. Well the last bit was right, less so the others. The title, that of the Beatles’ first hit single, is an anchor in time, and the book opens in 1963, Friday August the 2nd at 5.24am to be precise. Young Baxter is dreading that later today he might have to go on a day-trip home to Brighton with his father. His mum, Christie, had said it’d be a good thing to have some time with his father, but Baxter doesn’t want to go – he wants to stay in the caravan, play in the grass and go and see Soldier in the woods. […]

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Mark Haysom’s heartbreaking debut novel

By TASHNY SUKUMARAN, The Star of Malaysia An ordinary tale of a family struggling to make ends meet is delivered with telling effect. THE Beatles’ first single, 1962’s Love Me Do, is a strikingly teenage effort – a promise to stay true, a vow of everlasting love and sweetness. But the same cannot be said of British author Mark Haysom’s debut novel, Love, Love Me Do – named for the song and also set in the 1960s – a powerful, exhausting story of both the frailness and strength of human hearts. Truman Bird, a lying layabout of a man, forces his wife Christie and their children from their Brighton home into a crummy caravan parked in the Ashdown forest under the guise of a summer holiday. But six weeks on he’s nowhere to be seen; he’s seeking out borrowed money and solace in unfamiliar arms on the road, while his […]

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