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Half a World Away

by Mike Gayle

Family Drama Sharing Diverse Voices

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It’s more than 20 years since I read my first Mike Gayle book. And I loved it. Perfectly pitched and incredibly funny, I became a fan. This is Mike’s most grown up novel yet and I adored it. Unable to put it down I ploughed through, consumed by the story of Kerry and her fierce love for  her long-lost brother Jason. Although worlds apart, with Jason’s adoption, idyllic childhood and privileged education, they are connected and a stream of events change their lives forever. My glasses steamed up with my tears as I cried through the pages. Incredibly sad but gorgeously uplifting and beautifully written. Bravo, Mike.

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Half a World Away Synopsis

Strangers living worlds apart.

Strangers with nothing in common.

But it wasn't always that way...

Kerry Hayes is a single mum, living on a tough south London estate. She provides for her son by cleaning houses she could never hope to afford. Taken into care as a child, Kerry cannot ever forget her past.

Noah Martineau is a successful barrister with a beautiful wife, daughter and home in fashionable Primrose Hill. Adopted as a child, Noah always looks forward, never back.

When Kerry reaches out to the sibling she lost on the day they were torn apart as children, she sets in motion a chain of events that will have life-changing consequences for them both.

By turns funny and moving, Half a World Away is a story that will stay with you long after you read its powerfully emotional, heartbreaking final page.

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Half a World Away Press Reviews

Accomplished, sensitive and powerful novel...A truly beautiful story about the power of love and family, this is Mike Gayle's best book to date - Daily Express

Once Gayle starts to tug on the heartstrings it's to devasting effect - Herald

Emotionally high-voltage novel - Metro

Mike Gayle's writing is wise, compassionate and prone to making you cry. - Daily Express

I defy you not to shed a tear at this beautiful story... a touching and life-affirming read. - Prima

Once Gayle starts to tug on the heartstrings it's to devasting effect - Herald

We're huge Mike Gayle fans ... and his latest book is one of his best - Heat

Brilliant characters and a beautiful story - Prima

Gayle writes beautifully about fractured families and the unshakable power of love, in a book that is both heart-wrenching and uplifting, and full of the deeply relatable characters for which he's so well-known. This is a triumph of a novel, true and heartfelt, and you'll be in floods when you reach the poignant final page. -- Rosie Walsh, author of The Man Who Didn't Call

This book is a treasure, written from the heart. -- Alice Peterson

HALF A WORLD AWAY is heartbreakingly lovely. Its main characters came to feel like friends of mine, and the book is full of such warmth and love. It truly captured my heart. -- Beth O'Leary, author of The Flatshare

He has a wonderful way of lifting the reader up while tugging at our heart strings at the same time. A lovely story about what family really means... -- Fionnuala Kearney

Mike Gayle's writing is wise, compassionate and prone to making you cry - Sunday Express

HALF A WORLD AWAY is heartbreaking and beautiful, full of poignant moments and characters you fall for from page one. I couldn't put it down. -- Libby Page, author of The Lido

Gayle has a profound talent for acute observations. He makes us care, pulls at our heartstrings then hits us with humour. And he doesn't disappoint with his latest offering - Sunday Post

Mike Gayle is so good at writing relatable characters going through big challenges... This is a warm-hearted book that deals with all kinds of issues - class, race, marriage - and brings a lump to the throat, too. -- Sophie Kinsella for the Daily Mail

Heartbreaking and wonderful, a beautiful book about the power of love to surmount almost anything. -- Julie Cohen

Mike Gayle just gets better and better and HALF A WORLD AWAY might be the loveliest yet. -- Jenny Colgan, author of The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After Emotionally high-voltage novel - Metro

Mike has a prodigious talent for writing completely relatable characters who draw you into their world and tug at your heart strings. HALF A WORLD AWAY is an absolute triumph and a joy to read. Once again Mike tackles complex and thorny issues with a confident and compassionate hand. -- Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

Accomplished, sensitive and powerful novel...A truly beautiful story about the power of love and family, this is Mike Gayle's best book to date - Daily Express

His most accomplished and moving novel yet. -- Lisa Jewell

What an involving, captivating, heart-rending story. Some books fade from the memory but I know I'm never going to forget these characters - they feel like my own family. -- Jill Mansell

Mike Gayle has such a talent for delving into hearts, minds and contemporary issues. HALF A WORLD AWAY is supremely poignant, uplifting and heartwarming in equal measure - as well as being a real page-turner. -- Sophie Kinsella, author of Surprise Me -

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ISBN: 9781473687332
Publication date: 13/06/2019
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781473687332
Publication date: 13th June 2019
Author: Mike Gayle
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Diverse Voices,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Mike Gayle

Previously an Agony Uncle, Mike Gayle is a freelance journalist who has contributed to a variety of magazines including FHM, Sunday Times, Style and Cosmopolitan. He is the author of eight previous bestselling novels. He has been selected for the 2011 Quick Read programme and been a judge for the Prince Maurice literary love story award 2010.

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