James Walton

My dazzling chum: Mayflies, by Andrew O’Hagan, reviewed

Jimmy Collins will idolise Tully Dawson all his life in a novel celebrating the enduring power of male friendship

Andrew O’Hagan [Getty Images]

Presumably because a small part of it takes place in Salford, the epigraph to Andrew O’Hagan’s latest novel consists of four lines from Ewan MacColl’s ‘Dirty Old Town’. More fitting, though, might have been six words from the Undertones’ ‘Teenage Kicks’: ‘Teenage dreams, so hard to beat.’

The first half of the book follows a group of lads from Ayrshire as they excitedly prepare for, excitedly travel to and excitedly attend a post-punk music festival in Manchester in 1986.

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