Book Buzz: Half a World Away by Mike Gayle

"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



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.

"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

Half a World Away by Mike Gayle

368 Pages

ISBN 9781473687370


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 bestsellers 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 mikegayle.co.uk and on Twitter @mikegayle.

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