#Blogtour #Review: All The Lonely People by Mike Gayle @mikegayle @HodderBooks @JennyPlatt90 #AllTheLonelyPeople
Release date - 23rd July 2020
Book length - 338 pages
Publisher - Hodder & Stoughton
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I want to thank Jenny from www.hodder.co.uk for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Hubert Bird is not alone in being alone.
He just needs to realise it.
In weekly phone calls to his daughter in Australia, widower Hubert Bird paints a picture of the perfect retirement, packed with fun, friendship and fulfilment.
But Hubert Bird is lying.
The truth is day after day drags by without him seeing a single soul.
Until, that is, he receives some good news - good news that in one way turns out to be the worst news ever, news that will force him out again, into a world he has long since turned his back on.
Now Hubert faces a seemingly impossible task: to make his real life resemble his fake life before the truth comes out.
Along the way Hubert stumbles across a second chance at love, renews a cherished friendship and finds himself roped into an audacious community scheme that seeks to end loneliness once and for all . . .
Life is certainly beginning to happen to Hubert Bird. But with the origin of his earlier isolation always lurking in the shadows will he ever get to live the life he's pretended to have for so long?
A beautifully emotional story about life, loss, and hope, ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE by Mike Gayle is the first book that I have ever read from this author and it certainly won't be my last.
Hubert Bird and his trio of quirky friends fill their days with pub lunches, walks, and gossiping about the lives of their children. Together they fill the long, empty days and keep each other going. Except they don't exist.
Hubert has created this fantasy land for the benefit of his beloved daughter, Rose, who lives in Australia while he sits alone from day to day, only seeing other people when he ventures to the shop or the vet with his pet. The days tick slowly by as Hubert waits for Rose to phone for her weekly catch-up. But when something unexpected happens, Hubert finds himself in a bit of a predicament - now, he will have to try to make fiction, fact! And as Hubert steps into the real world, he may just discover that he is not alone if he chooses to open himself up again ...
This is a character-driven story that will make your heart burst with emotion. Hubert is a loveable old man and as we learn about his life, the racism and bigotry that he faced and fought through, the heartbreaking moments that have changed him irrevocably, you cannot help but want to hug him and hope that he will find happiness once again. Moving from past to present allows us to experience Hubert in all facets of his life from the youthful, hopeful immigrant, to the homesick man who faces disgusting prejudice at many turns, to the husband and father who loves deeply. Everything in this story works perfectly and when I finished reading ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE I had to take a minute to digest it all and let it settle.
It is an engrossing story that is so important for the world we live in and I cannot wait to read more from Mike Gayle. A stunning story that should become a huge success the world over.
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.
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