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June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Matt Cain
Photo of Matt Cain credit Claire Gardner. Image of One Love book cover.


Harlow Library, Cross Street
Harlow, CM20 1HA
£7 concessions (Students, Under 27s and Unwaged)

Matt Cain, One Love

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From the author of Becoming Ted and The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle comes an utterly joyful novel about 20 years of love and friendship, culminating at Manchester Pride.

Two men. Twenty years of friendship. One love.

Matt will be in conversation with Alison Flood, New Scientist‘s comment and culture editor.

This event will include an audience Q&A. After the event there will be an opportunity to get your book signed by the author.


Thursday 6 June, 7.00pm

Venue: Harlow Library, Cross Street, Harlow, CM20 1HA
Tickets: £8 / £7 concessions (Students, Under 27s and Unwaged)
Box Office: essexbookfestival.org.uk or Mercury Theatre 01206 573948




One Love by Matt Cain

Published 18 January 2024

Image of One Love book cover

Order a copy of One Love at bookshop.org

Two Men. Twenty years of friendship. One love.

2002 – 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 Fresher’s Fair. It starts with a wink and soon Danny and Guy are best friends.

2022 – 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?



About the Author

Matt Cain is an author, leading commentator on LGBT+ issues, and a former journalist. For the past two years he has been a presenter for Virgin Radio Pride, was Channel 4’s first Culture Editor, Editor In Chief of Attitude magazine, and has judged the Costa Prize, the Polari Prize and the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. He won Diversity in Media’s Journalist Of the Year award in 2017 and is an ambassador for Manchester Pride and the Albert Kennedy Trust, plus a patron of LGBT+ History Month. Born in Bury and brought up in Bolton, he now lives in London.

Photo of Matt Cain credit Claire Gardner

Photo of Matt Cain © Claire Gardner Photography




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