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The Way Back to You

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The most heart-warming and joyful book of the summer from the author of The Flip Side

Michael Joseph
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James Bailey


Three friends. Two summers. One chance to find the way back to you . . .

When Simon Brown reconnects on Facebook with his first love Sylvie – the French pen pal he never actually met – he is determined that this time things will be different.

However, life isn’t so straight-forward at sixty as it was at sixteen. His daughter’s getting married, he’s got difficult guests staying at his B&B, and his larger-than-life school friend, Ian, has abruptly waltzed back into his life.

Adamant that he can’t let this second chance pass by, Simon sets off on a bike ride from Bristol to Bordeaux with Ian in tow, on the very same route they covered as teenagers in pursuit of love.

But although they now have better bikes, more acceptable haircuts, and Google Maps, some things never change, and it soon becomes clear that this trip will have even more bumps in the road than the first.

Is it ever too late to make up for past mistakes?

How far can one friendship be pushed?

And will Simon finally meet Sylvie?


‘A charming story filled with wit and romance. I loved it’
Olivia Beirne

‘Uplifting… The Way Back to You is a joyful gem of a book that will have you cheering on its protagonist.’
Natalie Xenos, Culturefly ‘22 must-read books for summer 2022’