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Dinner for Two

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,467 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Dave Harding's got a wonderful wife, a beautiful home, and a job he could do in his sleep...
So no one is more surprised than Dave when he hears his own biological clock start ticking. Loudly. Unfortunately, his better half, Izzy, has no nine-month plan for fat ankles or a credit line at Baby Gap. With even worse timing, the music magazine Dave writes for folds. Desperate
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Gallery Books (first published 2002)
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Rose Charpentier
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Boredom. :/
It wasn't that bad, but not so good as well.
Just... boring
The Writer
Aug 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Welcome to the world of male chick lit a.k.a. “dicklit” in Danish.

This is actually my first time reading this kind of novel written by a man, and tell you what? It ain’t bad! As a matter of fact, reading this novel is healthy for the mind and soul *cough* now that you sort of able to figure out what’s inside a man’s head in a certain situation.

This novel is light, simple and divided into one-to five page “chapter” with a title – reflecting the simple minds of a man. The writing is hilarious yet
Thomas Strömquist
Extremely nice and funny feel-good by Mike Gayle, I would be hard put out to find a better beach book than this one. Luckily I could blame the tears in my eyes over the sweet ending on salt water and sun.
Ann Mulholland
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked the story, its told by the male point of view and that was a nice change. Happily married man finds out that he has a teenage daughter from a long forgotten night. Well told
Juliana Graham
I've read a few of Mike Gayle's book and think that he has a uniquely identifiable style - you can tell it's a Mike Gayle book you are reading, which is not a bad thing.

Dave is a thirty something journalist, happily married but about to suffer a career crisis. However, an unexpected letter from a daughter he didn't even know existed is about to throw a rather large spanner in the works of Dave's life!

Mike Gayle's main characters are always pretty likeable and very believable - ordinary, every da
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
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Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book by Mike Gayle that I read and once again it's a great male version of typical chick-lit. I don't know whether there is a term like bloke-lit, but as far as the content and fun goes it is just that. Once again he offers both male and female readers a fantastic read which gives insight into the male mind and he peppered the story with his well known light hearted humor.
So, boy finds out he has a daugther soon after his wife looses their first child. Trying to be a father t
Непретенциозен диклит с чудни музикални препратки.
Stuart Harley
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner from Mike Gayle...... I loved the whole Agony Uncle routine and the "articles" he writes for various magazines giving the mans perspective on different topics.

I fond myself almost saying out loud, after he had met his daughter & not told his wife, bad mistake it'll end in tears.

Overall I found this every bit as good as the previous novels and enjoyable from start to finish.
Angel Serrano
Un periodista que escribe en una revista musical como crítico lo tiene todo: una carrera seria, unos amigos dedicados y una esposa con éxito y embarazada. Pero algo de su pasado le alcanzará para cambiar su mundo cuando por cierre de la revista empieza a trabajar para una publicación de adolescentes como el Doctor Amor.
Suzanne Williams
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not my usual type of read. I wasn't sure what to expect but found it wasn't too "sickly romantic", just a nice light read. A bit different in its chapter styling and I never knew what the next chapter would bring.
Overall I enjoyed it and although I was wanting the story to end well for the main characters, I couldn't tell if or how it would!
Richard Pierson
An interesting premise and well executed

Quite a light easy read peppered with variety from Dave's agony uncle letters and features.. Underlying is the interesting premise of how a man and his partner react and cope with finding out he has a teenage daughter. An engaging and quite enjoyable read
รูจักหนังสือเลมนีเพราะมีคนเขียนรีวิวในทวิตเตอร รีวิวเขียนไดนาอานมาก บวกกับชอบปกหนังสือ เลยตัดสินใจซือ เปนหนังสือมือสองเลมแรกของเรา เพราะหาซือมือหนึงไมได
พอมาอานจริง รูสึกวากไมไดขนาดนันอาจเปนเพราะไมใชสไตลเรา แตชอบนะ ดีเลยแหละ ชอบเนือเรือง ชอบภาษาการเลา และเราจะหาหนังสือของ Mike Gayle อานอีกหลายๆเลม
Anne Tanner
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Likeable chick lit from a fella, or dick-lit as someone cleverly described it.
I was thinking the story was bumbling along when it was ratcheted up a lot of notches by the appearance of a previously unknown teenaged daughter.
Enjoyable and easy reading.
Clair Spence
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book but

Ending was a bit cut throat, good book but would of liked a more detailed ending . worth a read
Meera Agravat
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect emotional roller coaster

I laughed I cried and I loved! This was definitely a very easy book to fall head first into. Thankyou!
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had forgotten how much I enjoy Mike Gayles writing. This is a witty, amusing and light hearted read; perfect for a holiday book. I'm already curling up with another one of his.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good ish

Good ish mike Gayle novel . Dipped in the middle but came good in the end. Overall an enjoyable read
Fabulous Book Fiend
Review: I really enjoy novels by this author, this will be the third novels I've read and I have others sitting on my shelves. I tend to read his novels in audiobook form and they are always narrated really well even though they've all been read by different people! This writer usually delivers a good dose of humour in his novels, and this was no different, it had me laughing out loud at several points and the general witty tone continues right the way through.

I like the idea for this storyline
Dora Okeyo
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Title: I was drawn by the title, because I wondered which two people were dining and on what terms.
Story: Dave Harding, is a Music Journalist, and when the magazine he's working for folds, he is offered a job as an Agony Uncle for a Teen magazine, Teen Scene, but he gets a letter from a 13 year old girl who says that he's her father.
Characters: I loved Dave and Nicola. They were almost the same people to me, and how they carried along their conversations felt more of a good Father-Daughter conne
Sheu Quen
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
At first, the idea of reading short chapters (between two to five pages long) was a good one. Eventually, it became a chore because you want the book to finish soon so you can start on a new one instead of being stuck with the same one. I managed to finish the book anyway.

One thing I liked about the book was its typical British humour. The running jokes between the main male character Dave Harding and the other characters (his wife Izzy, his friends Stella, Lee, Trevor, and Jenny, his daughter N
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dinner For Two is a splendid book for young adult readers, Mike Gayle does a wonderful job of putting life in different perspectives with his man character Dave. Dave begins to realize that his heart has been empty for quite sometime with the loss of not having a child. When Dave's wife Izzy gets pregnant Dave is more then ecstatic. However, his dream of becoming a father is crushed when she has a miscarriage. As the book goes on Dave finds hope again in becoming a father when he starts his new ...more
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge2011
It's been many years (about 12?) since I read My Legendary Girlfriend, and I remember that I really enjoyed it and thought fondly of it for years, but now I can hardly remember what it was about. I also read The To Do List a few years ago and was less excited by that (but that was more fact than fiction). I was hoping that my opinion of him hadn't changed beyond repair and I'm happy to say that I loved this book and was quite gripped by the plot, not having known anything about it beforehand. It ...more
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Every time I read Mike's book I dream about such a man like the main hero. Well, too late:))) But anyway, it's not bad with mine:)
Mike Gayle always draws brilliant characters, very warm and very real, just like every one of us. They have the same problems like we have, with work, with children, with their personal lives and are coping with them like normal people. No fairy tales, no cinderellas, no princes... In this book I couldn't actually understand what Izzy's problem with Nicole is, she was
Nick Davies
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
For the first hundred or so pages of this, I was thinking 'this is perfectly pleasant, enjoyable and light, but *very* much a bloke version of some of the disposable chick-lit out there' and was wondering whether it'd have the momentum to keep me interested till the end. After that point, the key story twist occurred and the remainder of the book was a much better standard of intelligent contemporary fiction in the Tony Parsons mould, and I was rapt for the last couple of hundred pages of it. Th ...more
The book reminded me a little of Tony Parson's "Man & Boy" and a little of "About a Boy" by Nick Hornby. Both times it's about a man and a boy, obviously. Here it is about a man and a girl, but apart from that not really different.
I wonder how much of it is autobiografical, since the physical description of the 1st person narrator fits perfectly to the photo of Mike Gayle on the back cover.
The language is simple English, really easy to read and understand. Therefore it took me only a day to
Oct 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fiction
This is the third book I read by Mike Gayle. His books are always funny and you feel with the characters.

This time, it is about David who works as a journalist for a music magazin, and music is his life. But there is his wife Izzy, who works also for a magazin. They are a lucky couple until Daves company has to fire him, because of a to low readership.Izzy offered him to write some columns for her women magazin. At the beginning he is sceptical but it turns out, that the women like his articles
Jozef Nakielski
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teresas-library
It makes a change for me to, a male, to read chick lit by a male. Is that two wrongs making a right ? He certainly is the right guy for the job. It's a great bloke lit book written in the first person perspective. It has the feel of reading someone's diary. Chapters are small like a diary, each with relevant one word titles. Its the story about Mark Harding and his relationship with his wife of three years, six years in total. She wants children, he doesn't. Can they find a compromise ?
It's a n
Morgen Bailey
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very heart-warming and heart-tugging book. Even though I've not been in Dave's situation (especially as I'm female!), it's very relatable and you're right there with him when he has some difficult choices to make.

This was the fourth of four audiobooks I listened to (back-to-back) by Mike Gayle and would certainly 'read' more, although I found this narrator (Fraser Ayres) really annoying and am glad that the other three books are other narrators.

Whatever the topic, Mike handles it well.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I really love Mike Gayle. This once again was a lovely book written by his hand. One of the best I read of him to be honest.
For me Gayle writes dicklit with a capital D :-) His books are funny, but never in a "haha way". No, they are taken from real life, with real life situations. When you laugh its always because the situation is so recognizable. It could be you out there. The same counts for the numberless heartwarming moments, for the pain and for the tears. Because Gayle doesn't only write
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I was born in the 70s — the 70s were great. I would recommend them to anyone.

I was also born in Birmingham — in my humble opinion the greatest city in the world with the nicest people too.

I used to live in London — a great city too. But a bit on the pricey side.

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“I used to think I had all the time in the world to do everything I wanted. But what's the use of having all the time in the world if you're always wasting it on things that don't mean a thing?” 2 likes

- Е, кой от всички ще вземем? - питам аз.
Седем без четвърт е. С Изи стоим пред дълга редица кутийки с тестове за бременност в големия магазин "Буутс", на Оксфорд стрийт. Не зная нищо за този вид пособия, всичко това е абсолютно ново за мен, дори не бях сигурен на кой щанд се намират в магазина. Може би в "Хигиена за жената"? Или близо до "Грижи за косата"? Между сандвичите и хладилниците за безалкохолни напитки? Оказва се, че са на един рафт с противозачатъчните, което ми се вижда забавно, още повече, че над щанда виси ироничният според мен надпис "Семейно планиране".
- Преди няколко месеца правихме анкета сред читателите и клиентите - казва Изи, докато внимателно изследваме редовете с различни тестове. - Този - тя посочва една тъмносиня кутия - и този - друга пастелнозелена опаковка в противоположния край на лавицата - заеха първите места.
Взимам една, виждам цената и се ужасявам.
- Сигурно има някаква грешка?
Тя също поглежда цифрата.
- Не, скъпи. Толкова струват.
- Защо?
- Защото толкова струват.
- Навсякъде?
- Навсякъде.
- За тези пари ще си купя приличен компактдиск - установявам намръщено.
- Сигурно, ако зависи от теб - отвръща ми усмихнато Изи. Има прекрасна усмивка, тази моя жена. От онези, които те карат да се чувстваш щастлив, защото си жив. - Кой диск би си купил?
- На Тиндърстикс. "Simple Pleasures". Убийствен албум.
- Но ти вече го имаш, доколкото знам?
- Да - отвръщам. - Обаче е толкова добър, че бих искал да го имам два пъти.”
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