The Magnificent Sons (Paperback)

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'Funny, beautifully observed and moving' Adam Kay


Two brothers. Two different journeys. The same hope of a magnificent future.

At twenty-nine, Jake D'Arcy has finally got his life just right. Job with prospects: check. Steady girlfriend: check. Keeping his exhausting, boisterous family at bay: check. So why isn't he happier?

When his confident, much-adored younger brother Trick comes out as gay to a rapturous response, Jake realises he has questions about his own repressed bisexuality, and that he can't wait any longer to find his answers.

As Trick begins to struggle with navigating the murky waters of adult relationships, Jake must confront himself and those closest to him. He's beginning to believe his own life could be magnificent, if he can be brave enough to make it happen . . .


'Tales Of The Cityfor a new generation . . . smart, touching, razor-sharp one-liners, a life-affirming read . . . I fell utterly in love with it' John Marrs

'Funny, kind, insightful book, about those who get left behind' Russell T Davies

'Just wonderful. Warm, funny and believable, with characters you feel you know. And with, as ever, some enviably KILLER lines' Marina O'Loughlin

'MAGNIFICENT. It's all about the complicated issues of families and sexuality, the writing is pacy, smart and funny, and the storytelling is first-rate' Adam Kay, bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt

'Wonderful . . . A book about sibling love and the value of friendship. Populated with a likeable, diverse and witty cast of characters, it's a sure-footed narrative about finding your feet'Irish Times

'With razor sharp observation, this coming of age story is full of heart' Sunday Mirror

'Raw and honest, more complex and real than most coming out stories' i Paper

About the Author

Justin Myers is a writer from Shipley, Yorkshire, who now lives in London. After years working in journalism, he began his popular blog The Guyliner in 2010. Justin spent five years writing dating and relationship advice for Gay Times, before joining British GQ as a weekly columnist in 2016. His work has appeared in a number of publications including the Guardian, The i, Sunday Times Style and the Irish Times.

Praise For…

Does exactly what it says on the tin: MAGNIFICENT. Funny, beautifully observed and moving—Adam Kay, bestselling author of <i>This is Going to Hurt</i>

Just wonderful. Warm, funny and believable, with characters you feel you know. And with, as ever, some enviably KILLER lines . . .—Marina O'Loughlin

Funny, kind, insightful book, about those who get left behind. Sensitive, honest, and never afraid to take the piss—Russell T Davies

Tales Of The City for a new generation . . . I fell hard and fast for this and wasn't ready for it to end. It's an exceptional read, smart, touching, razor-sharp one-liners, a joyous, gorgeous, life-affirming read with characters that burst from the page yet remain believable. I fell utterly in love with it—John Marrs

The Magnificent Sons is a witty, warm and wonderful novel. It has a terrific cast of characters, some really rich relationships, and offers a fascinating insight into both bisexuality and sibling rivalry. As ever, Justin Myers is as sharp as a stiletto and had me laughing like a particularly filthy drain—Matt Cain

This really is a touching, witty book. Myers cements his reputation for wry insights into modern sexuality—Gareth Rubin

Brilliant. I fell in love with Jake and there was something special about reading the brothers' stories unfold while keeping one eye on my own magnificent sons playing in our garden—The Unmumsy Mum

In sparklingly astute prose Justin Myers pins down what it is to be struggling to articulate your sexuality in your thirties, and all the accompanying confusion, pain, family tensions and friendship shifts. Original, compelling, touching and funny—Francesca Hornak, author of <i> Seven Days of Us</i>

A funny, keenly observed tale about relationships and identity—Red Magazine

With razor sharp observation, this coming of age story is full of heart—Sunday Mirror

Really funny, really moving, really sweet, a really great read . . . I tore through it . . . Love it!—Lindsey Kelk

The Magnificent Sons is a compelling story that explores the intricacies of family and sexuality, while being entertaining and amusing; pick yourself a sunny afternoon and devour it!—Is That You Darling

Justin Myers (AKA The Guyliner) brings his signature wit and empathy to this portrait of a larger-than-life family at a crossroads. It sparkles with humour and some great set pieces underpinned by a reflective layer concerned with self-and mutual acceptance. He does a good job of conveying the incomprehension and preconceptions which surround bisexuality—Isabel Costello
Product Details
ISBN: 9780349416953
ISBN-10: 0349416958
Publisher: Piatkus
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2022
Pages: 368
Language: English