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*The Independent best ‘never-too-late’ story of 2021 + one of the best uplifting books of the year*

‘A total triumph’, ‘Romantic and heartbreaking and uplifting all at once’, ‘Highly recommended’


IS IT EVER TOO LATE TO START YOUR LIFE’S BIG ADVENTURE?

‘Wonderful . . . An utter treat’ KATE MOSSE

‘Bright, clear, sharply intelligent’ JENNY COLGAN

‘A heart-warming, joyous love story – original, hopeful and totally charming’ ADELE PARKS

‘I loved it! Really heart-warming and joyful, but also so poignant. I cannot recommend this book highly enough’ LORRAINE KELLY

‘Will put a smile on everyone’s face . . . A great big hug of a book!’ MICHAEL BALL, Radio 2

‘Brilliant . . . [I] recommend to all!’ MATT LUCAS
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‘ALBERT ENTWISTLE WAS A POSTMAN. It was one of the few things everyone knew about him. And it was one of the few things he was comfortable with people knowing . . .’

64-year-old Albert Entwistle has been a postie in a quiet town in Northern England for all his life, living alone since the death of his mam 18 years ago. He keeps himself to himself. He always has. Because he has a secret.

But he’s just learned he’ll be forced to retire at his next birthday and with no friends and nothing to look forward to, the lonely future he faces terrifies him.

His only hope is going to be telling the truth.

So he must learn to go after what he wants. And he must find the courage to look for the man that, many years ago, he lost – but has never forgotten . . .

Join Albert as he sets out to find the long-lost love of his life, and has an unforgettable and completely life-affirming adventure on the way . . . This is a love story the likes of which you have never read before!
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What people are LOVING about The Secret Life Of Albert Entwistle:


‘A rollicking love story’ IAN McKELLEN

‘A total triumph. Romantic and heartbreaking and uplifting all at once.’ LAURA KAY

‘Tender, witty, uplifting’ KATE EBERLEN

‘Albert is such an endearing character – flawed, funny and awkward, but completely relatable. I wanted to give him a good shake and then a huge hug. This is a wonderfully warm story that completely drew me in’ RUTH HOGAN

‘Prepare to fall in love with Albert Entwistle!’ S. J. WATSON

‘Albert is delightful and charming, and the book is too’ JONATHAN HARVEY

‘Wonderful. Written with such a good heart, filled with joy and strength and optimism’ RUSSELL T. DAVIES, creator of Channel 4’s smash-hit It’s a Sin

‘Beautiful . . . You will weep and yet have your heart filled with joy’ ARLENE PHILLIPS

‘Albert is the most delicious character and you’ll be with him every step of the way’ SUN, ‘Pick of the week’ *****

‘A heart-warming and uplifting read’ Attitude

As featured on THE GRAHAM NORTON RADIO SHOW, BBC Radio 4’s WOMAN’S HOUR, RESONANCE FM, BBC Radio 2’S MICHAEL BALL SHOW, TalkRADIO’S BADASS WOMEN’S SHOW, TIMES RADIO with GILES COREN and many more . . .

Reviews

Praise for The Madonna Of Bolton: Fabulous! What a treat
Jenny Colgan
A triumphant coming-of-age tale about the power of being true to yourself
Juno Dawson
Beautifully and sharply drawn
SUNDAY TIMES
Gripping, with a huge heart
S J Watson
It's a cracker!
Lorraine Kelly
I had to read it in one sitting. I loved it! Really heart-warming and joyful, but also so poignant. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's such a beautifully authentically told story with vivid characters and you will miss them when you reach the end.
LORRAINE KELLY
'Albert is such an endearing character - flawed, funny and awkward, but completely relatable. I wanted to give him a good shake and then a huge hug. This is a wonderfully warm story that completely drew me in'
RUTH HOGAN
Prepare to fall in love with Albert Entwistle! Touching and tender.
S. J. WATSON
Albert is delightful and charming, and the book is too.
JONATHAN HARVEY
A bright, clear, sharply intelligent writer
JENNY COLGAN
Wonderful. Written with such a good heart, filled with joy and strength and optimism. Like the best fiction, it's real; Albert's fears, the sour legacy of his parents, his colleagues' kindness, George flourishing from boy to man . . . It's inventive and fun but, most importantly, true.
RUSSELL T. DAVIES
This rollicking love story entrapped me, chapter by chapter. True in its detail and its scope, it is amusing yet heart-breaking. It will encourage tentative young gay people and reassure their parents. Its passionate declaration? That it's never too late to enjoy being yourself.
IAN McKELLEN
Beautiful . . . You will weep and yet have your heart filled with joy
ARLENE PHILLIPS
Tender, witty, uplifting . . . I love it!
KATE EBERLEN
'What a beautiful, wonderful, life-affirming treat of a book. I challenge you not to fall in love with Albert from the very start!
CHARLIE CONDOU
'Wonderful . . . A love story that will have every reader cheering on Albert from the sidelines. An utter treat'
KATE MOSSE
A total triumph . . . Romantic and heartbreaking and uplifting all at once
LAURA KAY
'Brilliant . . . [I] recommend to all!'
MATT LUCAS
Albert is the most delicious character and you'll be with him every step of the way as he begins to live the life he always should have.
Sun
It'll put a smile on everyone's face.
Michael Ball, Radio 2
'A charming adventure with love at its heart.'
My Weekly
'A life affirming story of lost love and the reality of being gay in the Seventies.'
That’s Life
'A unique and moving story.'
Candis