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The Museum of Ordinary People

Mike Gayle

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The brilliant new novel from the author of The Man I Think I Know, Half A World Away and All The Lonely People

The superb new novel from the bestselling author of Half A World Away and All the Lonely People.

Inspired by a box of mementos found abandoned in a skip following a house clearance, The Museum of Ordinary People is a poignant, thought-provoking but ultimately uplifting story of memory and love, grief, loss and the things we leave behind. It is another brilliant novel from an author who seems to have the absolute knack of writing topical, engaging, heartwarming stories which really connect with readers.

'This author's books just get better and better' Good Housekeeping

'Mike Gayle is the king of touching, human stories' Heat

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Praise for The Museum of Ordinary People


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

  • Mike Gayle's writing is beautiful - Heat

  • This author's books just get better and better - Good Housekeeping

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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 and on Twitter @mikegayle.

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