All The Lonely People (Paperback)Mike Gayle (author)
Tender hearted and compassionate, Gayle’s good-natured comedy sees lonely widower Hubert Bird forced to face up to the fabricated life he has created to pacify his daughter.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Pageturner Book of the Year 2021
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?
From bestselling author Mike Gayle, All the Lonely People is by turns a funny and moving meditation on love, race, old age and friendship that will not only charm and uplift, but also remind you of the power of ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 258 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 28 mm
'A heartwarming story about the power of community and human connection. Hubert Bird stole my heart.' - Beth O'Leary, author of The Flat-Share and The Split
'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' - Claire 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
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