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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781472291912

Price: £20

ON SALE: 18th January 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Romance

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Two men. Twenty years of friendship. One love.

‘Lovely, funny, kind and truthful . . . I was expecting a simple will-they-won’t-they, but it’s wiser than that . . . challenging who we are, and why, and how we can change’ Russell T. Davies

‘A great eye-opening and heart-warming read’ Fabulous

‘A rich, funny, poignant and unflinchingly honest portrayal of friendship, love and everything in between’ Ruth Hogan


Danny arrives at Manchester University determined not to hide from the world any longer. This is the year his life will begin.

He locks eyes with a handsome stranger across the hall at the Freshers’ Fair. It starts with a wink and soon Danny and Guy are best friends.


Now, both single for the first time in years, Danny and Guy return to the confetti-covered streets of the Gay Village for Manchester Pride.

After years of shared adventures and lost dreams, Danny finally plans to share the secret he has been keeping for two decades. He has always been in love with Guy.

Could this weekend be the end of a twenty-year friendship . . . or the start of something new and even more beautiful?

‘Written with heartfelt honesty and love’ Lorraine Kelly

‘Utterly absorbing and affecting. Matt Cain is one of the most entertaining and illuminating writers out there’ Bryony Gordon

‘I have so much love for this book’ Freya North

‘Thought-provoking’ Daily Mirror

‘As sharp eyed as Hilda Ogden and as seen-it-all as Bet Lynch . . . a proudly Northern queer One Day, ingenious and unsparing’ Patrick Gale

‘Heart-warming’ i Paper

‘This epic friends-to-lovers will-they-won’t-they story is gorgeous!’ Clare Pooley

‘A joy of a read’ Closer

‘If you’re looking for something uplifting to kick off your reading list in 2024, this might just be the one for you . . . absorbing, moving and poignant’ Glamour

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I ADORED this book, it's so uplifting, original and funny
Daily Mail
Will put a smile on everyone's face
Michael Ball
Written with such a good heart, filled with joy and strength and optimism
Russell T. Davies
Brilliant . . . [I] recommend to all!
Matt Lucas
A total triumph. Romantic and heartbreaking and uplifting all at once
Laura Kay
The uplifting book we all need to read right now
Rich, poignant, funny and unflinchingly honest . . . a glorious, heart-warming and thought-provoking read
Ruth Hogan
Praise for Matt Cain:
A bucket of joy
Utterly joyful - you will smile your way through this
A big warm hug of a novel
A warm, nostalgic and intimate portrayal of the complexities of friendship, and the changing face of being gay and staying strong in a world that's learning to accept us, but still doesn't always understand us
Justin Myers
Sincere, moving and authentic . . . I loved, loved, loved this book
Julietta Henderson
A triumph. Brave and honest, beautiful and funny . . . I learned so much from reading this. I loved the relationship between Danny and Guy and all its complications
Alexandra Potter
One Love is an epic tale of love and friendship, packed with warmth, wit and wisdom . . . an absolute joy to read
Laura Pearson
What a wonderful book . . . a heartwarming, nostalgia-inducing tale of friendship and love that puts a huge smile on your face
Laura Price
Unfolding over a twenty-year period and bookended by two Gay Pride events in Manchester . . . the result is touching, funny, poignant and brilliant
Mary Gabriel
A beautiful, deeply human exploration of the blurred lines between love and friendship that exist in the queer community, with a tender understanding that the most important love of all can be the love and forgiveness we hold for ourselves
Steven Rowley
A fresh, heart-warming spin on the gay romcom which explores love beyond the best friend/boyfriend binary. I loved it
Paul Burston
Utterly absorbing and affecting. Matt Cain is one of the most entertaining and illuminating writers out there
Bryony Gordon
More than its incredible characterisation, One Love is a heart-warming study of love, friendship and growing up
My Weekly
If you're looking for something uplifting to kick off your reading list in 2024, this might just be the one for you . . . absorbing, moving and poignant, this is a story of friendship and love that you won't to miss
This gay love story pulls hard on the heart strings
Sunday Post
Compassionate, funny, insightful
Lorraine Kelly