Winner of the Christopher Isherwood Prize
Longlisted for the Portico Prize
A Guardian, Spectator, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Evening Standard Book of the Year
'What a stunning novel.' Graham Norton
'Funny, passionate, heartbreaking.' Tracey Thorn
'Unforgettable.' Cólm Toibín
'Spectacular.' Books of the Year, Spectator
'An incredible book . . . about men and how important friendship can be to men.' Douglas Stuart
'My god this is gorgeous. Wild, wise, wonderful . . . Absolutely brilliant.' Russell T Davies
Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life.
In the summer of 1986, James and Tully ignite a friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit. With school over, they rush towards a magical weekend of youthful excess in Manchester played out against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded. And there a vow is made: to go at life differently.
Thirty years on, the phone rings. Tully has news.