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Love, Love Me Do

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  107 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
1963. The year the Beatles first top the charts. The year Martin Luther King has a dream. The year Truman Bird moves his family from their home in Brighton to a dilapidated caravan in the Ashdown Forest - then disappears. Truman's a charmer, a chancer. He is, inevitably, a liar. He's always got away with it, too. But now he's gone a dangerous step too far and only has one ...more
Paperback, 429 pages
Published July 31st 2014 by Piatkus Books (first published April 3rd 2014)
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Mar 21, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
Love, Love Me Do. I'll always love you. These Beatles lyrics epitomise not only the title, but how I feel about British author Mark Haysom's debut novel of second chances and trying to find your dreams in a world too full of reality.

Truman Bird is a charmer, a gambler and a fraud. In 1963 he packs his young family into the car on the premise of a summer holiday. The destination; a dilapidated caravan on the edge of Ashdown forest. Then Truman Bird disappears.

For Truman's wife Christie, life is n
Jul 16, 2015 Evangeline rated it it was ok
As quirky and original as 'When God Was a Rabbit'

A book about love in all its complicated forms

A gangster drama like a more thriller-esque 'Brighton Rock'

Original and stylish

It transports you straight back to the 1960s

A touching story about childhood and family

A book about second chances, purely and simply

The novel that can’t be put in a neat little box

No? How about the BORING box??

Maybe it is no surprise this book failed to impress, could any book live up to all the hype above which features on
Rachel Sargeant
Sep 08, 2015 Rachel Sargeant rated it it was amazing
Attracted by the sparkly cover and poppy title, I picked this book up, expecting a frothy, nostalgic romp through the 1960s.
But the publisher’s strapline provides a better guide to the absorbing story inside: Five unforgettable characters searching for a second chance.
It explores issues of loyalty, abandonment and post-war trauma. Told from five viewpoints over the course of one day - at times tense, at times gentle – it is a thriller reminiscent of Brighton Rock. I will definitely buy Mark Hay
Feb 15, 2015 Lena rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The book is based on a character named Truman who unexpectedly and abruptly led his wife Christie and their three children into Ashdown Forest for a “family vacation.” Realising how strange it is to vacate in an isolated white caravan in the middle of the woods, Christie becomes unsettled at the fact that this is not a “vacation” for Truman must be hiding a secret.

The storyline is heartbreaking at times, especially when we view it in the perspective of an innocent child who is affected by these
Apr 03, 2014 Adam rated it it was amazing
This is a rich, dark, funny, textured evocation of the 1960s – and quite unlike anything you will have read before. With memorable characters - for good or bad, Strachan will stay with me for some time - it is fast-paced and at times deeply moving, it deserves to win many readers. His first book? It’s hard to believe.
Jul 26, 2016 Di rated it it was ok
Rather sad story about families, their childhoods and expectations of what love means to different people.
Carole Jordan
Sep 11, 2014 Carole Jordan rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book from the very beginning. Could visualise and relate to all the characters and their motivations. An easy and compulsive read.
Oct 17, 2016 Lauren rated it did not like it
Shelves: incomplete
Couldn't get off the ground with this one as the blurb just didn't seem to match the book. I was hoping to be thrown into a period of time with loads of insight and cultural references, but that's not what was going on in the first few chapters.
Kaj Peters
Nov 20, 2014 Kaj Peters rated it liked it
Een moeder met drie kinderen moet noodgedwongen in een camper bivakkeren, terwijl vader en zoon samen op een reddingsmissie zijn om financiële schulden recht te trekken. Aan de ene kant worden ze bespioneerd door een getraumatiseerde oorlogsveteraan die alles waarneemt, maar aan de andere kant zit de beruchte deurwaarder Strachan achter de pater familias aan. Voor alle karakters vormt het ongeluk van deze familie een aanzet om na te denken over de liefde in al zijn verschillende ...more
Catherine Alice
Jul 19, 2015 Catherine Alice rated it really liked it
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Jan 28, 2016 Jo rated it really liked it
1963. The year the Beatles first top the charts. The year Martin Luther King has a dream. The year Truman Bird moves his wife and three children from their home in Brighton to a dilapidated caravan in the Ashdown Forest - then disappears.

Truman's a charmer, a chancer, a liar. He's lied to his wife, Christie, to his mother and to his two lovers. None of them know about each other. Now Strachan is after Truman and Strachan has a reputation of being the meanest, most violent man in Brighton. Truman
Cathie Strover
Feb 21, 2016 Cathie Strover rated it liked it
Reminiscent in places of Rachel Joyce's 'Perfect', this novel is set over one day and the increasingly disastrous events in the life of Truman Bird as he tries to escape from a growing problem of his own making. You won't feel in the slightest bit sorry for him, however, though you may feel concern or compassion for many of the other characters in this story.Easy to read, quite enjoyed it.
Teresa Jones
Apr 01, 2016 Teresa Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I chose four stars because I enjoyed reading this book it he!d my interest and the characters were interesting but was left wondering what had happened to soldier before to make him lose his memory
Caroline S
Apr 03, 2014 Caroline S rated it it was amazing
Wow! Get it, read it. You won’t be disappointed. Fabulous characters (I was with Christie every step of the way!) fabulous scenes (like the one in a pub car park that is heart breaking and funny at the same time) and fabulously written.
Paige Alana
Jul 07, 2016 Paige Alana marked it as to-read
Shelves: dnf
The beginning is so slow and does not make me want to read more. I might try and pick this book up again later on but right now it is going in the did-not-finish pile.
Rachel Bayne
Mar 21, 2015 Rachel Bayne rated it liked it
Good vibes of the 1960s. Nice to read a book where my hometown is featured, too!

Good characters and a page-turner :)
Mrs Lindsay Beavon
Disappointing ending.

Each individual character grabs your attention so much, that it leaves you wanting to know more about what happened to them
Melissa Gray
Jun 13, 2015 Melissa Gray rated it liked it
An easy and entertaining read with some clever writing and interesting characters but a book I'll quickly forget.
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May 21, 2014 Kerrie rated it really liked it
A great story , endearing characters , well written , very nostalgic.

Loved it !
Ramona Lazar
Sep 08, 2015 Ramona Lazar rated it liked it
Hmmmm, I won't say this is not a good, readable book. But it wasn't my cup of tea.
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After graduating from Leicester University, Mark Haysom had a thirty year career in newspapers during which he rose from trainee journalist on a local weekly to Managing Director of Mirror Group. In 2003 he moved into education as head of a large Government agency. In recent years he has served on the boards of a number of charities dedicated to overcoming poverty, disadvantage and addiction. He ...more
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