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  • Mike's latest masterpiece

    I have loved each and every one of Mike Gayle's books, this being no exception. However, the depth of emotion in this novel surpasses his previous books - maybe his perspective is changing as he (dare I say it) matures. If you are ever fortunate enough to meet this man, it will make perfect sense as to how he writes so well, and with such emotion.. This novel has real ups and downs; it truly is an emotional rollercoaster of a book. There are many life-changing and sensitive issues being dealt with, but Mike manages to apply the right amount of seriousness without becoming maudlin. Whereas some of his previous books have been filled with much more humour, this is equally good but in a very different way. If you are laying on your sun lounger reading this one, you will be grateful of having your sunglasses on to hide the tears. Well done Mike - I truly think you deserve to be recognised as one of the best contemporary writers in the UK.

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  • Interesting read

    Although the characters were well drawn the subject matter of this book is very depressing. The detailed account of someone dying from terminal cancer seemed very accurate. Nevertheless not what I was expecting.

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  • Heartfelt

    Whilst I’ve noticed Mike Gayle’s book in the past they’ve not really jumped out at me however the blurb of Half a World Away really appealed to me and having read it I must admit I’ll be giving his other books further consideration. The story is told from the perspective of brother and sister, separated by adoption and now living worlds apart in terms of social standing. On the surface appears to be a simple story but Mike Gayle feeds you just enough breadcrumbs to realise that just getting to know each other is only the start of the tale. This is a heartfelt story that manages to stop short of being over emotional. Slightly far fetched perhaps but a cracking read.

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  • Half a world away

    I loved this book and it made me cry you will need tissues with this one a great read

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  • Half a world away

    If you read one book this year it needs to be this one. Powerful and gripping from the start. Heart breaking ha

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