CLC 2020: Andrew O'Hagan on Mayflies

Join acclaimed novelist Andrew O'Hagan in conversation with Daniel Hahn about his new novel, Mayflies.

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Wednesday 7th October, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

  • Book Launch
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers
  • Reading


About the Event

Join acclaimed novelist Andrew O'Hagan in conversation with Daniel Hahn about his new novel, Mayflies

Since being recognised by Granta as one of Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, Andrew O’Hagan (The Secret LifeThe IlluminationsBe Near Me) has been Booker Prize-nominated three times and hailed as one his generation’s most exciting and esteemed chroniclers of contemporary Britain. He returns with Mayflies, his most personal novel yet, which tracks a life-defining friendship forged in a heady 1980s summer, and the midlife revelation 30 years later that casts everything in a new light. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Venue Information

Everyman Theatre
7, 10 Regent St
GL50 1HQ
United Kingdom
Phone: 01242 572573

About the Book


Andrew O'Hagan

Publisher:Faber & Faber

Publication date:3 Sep 2020


4.06 out of 5
10 reviews
"Andrew O’Hagan’s then and now novel is affectionate but cluttered with influences"
Irish Times
"we are entitled to feel unduly harrowed by a tragedy that unfolds so irreversibly"
Times Literary Supplement
"I read slowly, not wanting my book to end"
New Statesman
"This warm and heart-filling tale is Booker worthy"
The Times
"Sentimentality is, after all, part of human experience, and here’s a novel that’s not afraid to give it expression"
The Sunday Telegraph
"Jimmy Collins will idolise Tully Dawson all his life in a novel celebrating the enduring power of male friendship"
The Spectator
"Andrew O’Hagan has created a rare thing: a life-enhancing novel about death"
The Scotsman
"a tight, delicate and soulful novel"
The Sunday Times
"one of the pleasures of O’Hagan’s writing is that he gives the gravity and the absurdity of youth equal weight"
The Guardian
"Generational conflict drives this moving coming-of-age novel set in the post-punk era"
Financial Times

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. Tully has news. Mayflies is a memorial to youth's euphorias and to everyday tragedy.