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All The Lonely People: From the Richard and Judy bestselling author of Half a World Away comes a warm, life-affirming story the perfect read for these times

Mike Gayle

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Hubert Bird is not alone in being alone. He just needs to realise it.

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Book of the Year: Pageturners.
The 2021 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Romantic Novelists' Association.

From the bestselling author of The Man I Think I Know comes this heart-warming novel of family, friendship and human connection.

'Hubert Bird stole my heart' Beth O'Leary, author of The Flat-Share and The Switch

'Lovely, emotional, uplifting' Libby Page, author of The Lido

'A heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting look at isolation' Guardian

In phone calls to his daughter in Australia, widower Hubert Bird paints a picture of the perfect retirement, packed with fun and friendship.

But Hubert Bird is lying.

Something has made him turn his back on people, and he hardly sees a soul.

So when his daughter announces she's coming to visit, Hubert faces a race against time: to make his real life resemble his fake life before he's found out.

Along the way Hubert renews a cherished friendship, is given a second chance at love and even joins an audacious community scheme. But with the secret of his earlier isolation lurking in the shadows, is he destines to always be one of the lonely people?

Readers love All The Lonely People:

'Best book of 2021 so far' 5*

'I absolutely adored every page' 5*

'Wonderful, moving, emotional and very thought provoking' 5*

'An emotional journey' 5*

'A beautiful book' 5*

'Heartbreaking and heartwarming' 5*

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Praise for All The Lonely People: From the Richard and Judy bestselling author of Half a World Away comes a warm, life-affirming story the perfect read for these times

  • Mike takes ordinary people and makes them extraordinary. Hubert Bird is a gentle hero and I loved him. All The Lonely People is a book that is perfect for the times we live in, but also one to treasure for many years to come - Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

  • A tremendous read, as always. A funny, warm, heartbreaking, wonderful story about family and friendship and the power of caring in an imperfect world. Hubert, Ash & the gang are unforgettable characters - Tracy Rees

  • I'm such a fan of Mike's, and think this is absolutely his best yet. The characters are so warm and so real, and the issues of loneliness and displacement are so very topical and important - Clare Mackintosh

  • Mike Gayle strikes a chord with this novel . . . it feels relevant to our times - On Magazine

  • Tender, funny and uplifting, it's the ideal isolation antidote - Fabulous

  • Heartbreaking, yet also uplifting and thought-provoking - The i

  • Tender, humorous and uplifting - reading this is the uplift we all need - Women's Weekly

  • As always, Mike Gayle's characters wrap around you like a cosy cardigan, while threads of love, race, friendship, community and old age weave through the pages and into your heart . . . thought provoking - My Weekly

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Mike Gayle

Mike Gayle was born and raised in Birmingham. After graduating from Salford University with a degree in Sociology, he moved to London to pursue a career in journalism and worked as a Features Editor and agony uncle. He has written for a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, the Guardian and Cosmopolitan.

Mike became a full time novelist in 1997 following the publication of his Sunday Times top ten bestseller My Legendary Girlfriend, which was hailed by the Independent as 'full of belly laughs and painfully acute observations,' and by The Times as 'a funny, frank account of a hopeless romantic'. Since then he has written thirteen novels including Mr Commitment, Turning Thirty and The Man I Think I Know. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages. In 2021, Mike is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Romantic Novelists' Association.

You can find him online at mikegayle.co.uk and on Twitter @mikegayle.

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