Mike Gayle

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Mike Gayle
Mike Gayle
Mike Gayle
BornOctober 1970
Birmingham, England
GenreLad lit, popular fiction

Mike Gayle (born October 1970) is an English author.[1]


Gayle was born in Quinton, Birmingham, to parents from Jamaica, and attended Lordswood Boys' School where he was Head Boy.[2]

He studied Sociology and Journalism at university.[3]

He was a features editor and later an agony aunt for Just Seventeen and Bliss before he had his first novel published. He is friends with Danny Wallace who made Mike his Minister of Home Affairs, in the Kingdom of Lovely.

Gayle is a chick-lit author, although he has expressed a dislike for the term,[4] and freelance journalist contributing to a variety of magazines including FHM and Sunday Times Style.

He is the younger brother of broadcaster Phil Gayle.

He now lives in Harborne with his daughters and his wife Claire.[2]


  • My Legendary Girlfriend (1998), Flame, ISBN 0-340-71816-1
  • Mr. Commitment (1999), Flame, ISBN 0-340-71825-0
  • Turning Thirty (2000), Flame, ISBN 0-340-76794-4
  • Dinner for Two (2002), Flame, ISBN 0-340-82342-9
  • His 'n' Hers (2004), ISBN 0-340-82537-5
  • Brand New Friend (2005), ISBN 0-340-82539-1
  • Wish You Were Here (2007), ISBN 0-340-82542-1
  • The Life & Soul of the Party (2008), ISBN 0-340-82544-8
  • The To Do List (2009), ISBN 0-340-93675-4
  • The Importance of Being a Bachelor (2010), ISBN 0-340-91851-9
  • The Stag and Hen Weekend (2012), ISBN 1444742825
  • Turning Forty (2013), ISBN 978-0-340-91853-1
  • Seeing Other People (2014), ISBN 978-1-4447-0863-9
  • The Hope Family Calendar (2016), ISBN 978-1-4736-0895-5
  • The Man I Think I Know (2018), ISBN 978-1-473-60899-3


  1. ^ Baldick, Chris (30 October 2008). The Oxford dictionary of literary terms. Oxford University Press US. pp. 181–. ISBN 978-0-19-920827-2. Retrieved 6 July 2011. Other authors associated with this new wave of fictions about inadequate young British masculinities include Tony Parsons (Man and Boy, 1991), Tim Lott, and Mike Gayle.
  2. ^ a b Brady, Poppy (21 June 2007), "City author's hoping for a summer hit", Birmingham Mail, Birmingham: Trinity Mirror Midlands, retrieved 29 September 2012
  3. ^ The Guardian
  4. ^ The Guardian

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