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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 (English Edition) Format Kindle
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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*
Description du produit
Revue de presse
A lovely, emotional, uplifting book about loneliness and community (Libby Page, author of The Lido)
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 is on World Beating Form with All the Lonely People. It's the right book at the right time and you're going to love it (Jenny Colgan)
A moving and uplifting story about unknown, possibly unsung heroes. I loved it (Katie Fforde)
An uplifting read of family, love and overcoming isolation (Prima)
This author's books just get better and better - this thoughtful novel is warm, funny and gives you all the feels (Good Housekeeping)
Mike Gayle is on a winning streak . . . a keen reminder that the smallest gestures are the most powerful. Heart-warming (Magic Radio Book Club)
A lovely uplifting and heartening read that feels incredibly relevant to our current times (Culturefly)
Mike Gayle strikes a chord with this novel . . . it feels relevant to our times (On Magazine)
A moving, thought-provoking story about the power of friendship and community, with characters you'll fall in love with. A timely exploration of family, loss and loneliness that's full of humour and heart (Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You)
Timely and poignant . . . Mike Gayle's writing is beautiful and engaging and All the Lonely People is both heartbreaking and uplifting, devastating and thought-provoking. It is the kind of book you will want to press into the hands of everyone you know and tell them to read immediately (Press Association)
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)
The loveliest story - we want to be friends with Hubert! (Bella)
A charming story packed with endearing characters and plenty of humour and insight (Candis)
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)
Outstanding... Despite heartbreak and pain, this is a heartwarming story of community and connection (Daily Mirror)
Mike Gayle is on fine form in this moving novel . . . A great summer read (Independent)
I defy you not to cry . . . funny and sincere, sweet and emotional, this is the sort of thing to read in one sitting, and it'll make you more appreciative of the people around you (Woman's Way)
Make sure, like Hubert, you have a nice clean hanky; you'll need it (Saga)
Charming . . . it'll warm your cockles (That's Life) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition paperback.
Biographie de l'auteur
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.
Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : B084QC7T13
- Éditeur : Hodder & Stoughton (23 juillet 2020)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 3372 KB
- Synthèse vocale : Activée
- Lecteur d’écran : Pris en charge
- Confort de lecture : Activé
- X-Ray : Activé
- Word Wise : Activé
- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 385 pages
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 1,931 en Boutique Kindle (Voir les 100 premiers en Boutique Kindle)
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Loved it, characters are very likeable, story is very good.
Absolutely love Hubert Bird.
Really didnt want it to end.
Jaw dropping twist you will not see coming, wow.
Best book of 2021 so far.
Please read, its absolutely lovely charming book on all levels.
Thank you Mike, Hubert will stay with me forever.
I hope this book is a future classic in years to come.
Teaches so many values, witty, sad, enjoyable, funny and very unique.
I'd love to see this book made into a film one day.
It's in my all time favourite book list for sure.
I adore mike Gayle as an author , he is very unique and his characters really draw you in from every day life events and issues people face.
Please read, dont miss this book.
You wont be disappointed, you will fall in love with Hubert Bird.
I didnt want it to end.
Mike please consider follow up about other characters in the book.
Hard to write a review without spoilers, as this book deserves so much.
Cant say anything else as dont want to ruin an amazing reading experience.
But I couldn't read and gave up less than half way through.
It was just one thing that grated more than I could tolerate; the use of subjective 'me'. For some unfathomable reason, the author thinks this was enough to symbolise Jamaican heritage and to transport the reader into envisaging a lead character with Patois infused English. Me like... Me think... It came off a bit Jar Jar Binks.
It might have been more palatable if there were other linguistic indicators, but the main character's language was pure RP apart from this one massive grammatical tic.
So lazy, so untrue, and insulting to those with Jamaican accents.
Commenté au Royaume-Uni le 24 juillet 2020
I don't normally go for books where one of the main characters is old because I find them depressing, but having read Half a World Away, I thought Mike Gayle would capture me with another story. And I was right. It was nice to see how the author touches on difficult themes, such as racism, mixed race couples, substance abuse, falling out of contact with your friends, leaving your home country and losing a dear one.
An inspiring book, great for a light read.
We see Hubert when he first comes to the UK from Jamaica in the 50's and see the difficulties that he and so many others faced and we see him in the modern day, adjusting to a life alone. This book deals with some important issues such as loneliness, family, love, friendship, prejudice, loss and dealing with losing someone you love to the horror that is drug addiction. Hubert meets (reluctantly) his new neighbour, Ashleigh, who is reaching out for support and a connection; you have to love her too! All the supporting characters are also so endearing - loved Emil- and they represent hope and friendship when it is needed most. Despite dealing with some difficult issues there is also humour and so much warmth in this novel. I loved it and it is now my favourite Mike Gayle book. It put me slightly in mind of 'A man called Ove,' which is another book that I loved. Read it!