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Half a World Away: The stunningly heartfelt new novel from the bestselling author of The Man I Think I Know

Mike Gayle

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The stunningly heartfelt new novel from the author of THE MAN I THINK I KNOW.

The incredibly moving and uplifting new novel from the author of THE MAN I THINK I KNOW.

Kerry Hayes knows exactly who she is: a single mum, a cleaner and Mariah Carey's biggest fan.

Noah Martineau thinks he knows who he is: a successful barrister, with a wife, daughter and big house in Primrose Hill.

Strangers with nothing in common.
Strangers living worlds apart.

But it wasn't always this way...and Noah and Kerry are about to discover just who they really are.

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Praise for Half a World Away: The stunningly heartfelt new novel from the bestselling author of The Man I Think I Know

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mike Gayle just gets better and better and HALF A WORLD AWAY might be the loveliest yet.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

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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.

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

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