Gayle writes beautifully about fractured families and the unshakable power of love, in a book that is both heart-wrenching and uplifting, and full of the deeply relatable characters for which he's so well-known. This is a triumph of a novel, true and heartfelt, and you'll be in floods when you reach the poignant 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.
Heartbreaking and wonderful, a beautiful book about the power of love to surmount almost anything.
Mike Gayle has such a talent for delving into hearts, minds and contemporary issues. HALF A WORLD AWAY is supremely poignant, uplifting and heartwarming in equal measure - as well as being a real page-turner.
Brilliant characters and a beautiful story
He has a wonderful way of lifting the reader up while tugging at our heart strings at the same time. A lovely story about what family really means...
Gayle has a profound talent for acute observations. He makes us care, pulls at our heartstrings then hits us with humour. And he doesn't disappoint with his latest offering
Mike Gayle just gets better and better and HALF A WORLD AWAY might be the loveliest yet.
We're huge Mike Gayle fans ... and his latest book is one of his best
Once Gayle starts to tug on the heartstrings it's to devasting effect
Emotionally high-voltage novel
What an involving, captivating, heart-rending story. Some books fade from the memory but I know I'm never going to forget these characters - they feel like my own family.
HALF A WORLD AWAY is heartbreakingly lovely. Its main characters came to feel like friends of mine, and the book is full of such warmth and love. It truly captured my heart.
Mike Gayle is so good at writing relatable characters going through big challenges... This is a warm-hearted book that deals with all kinds of issues - class, race, marriage - and brings a lump to the throat, too.
His most accomplished and moving novel yet.
Accomplished, sensitive and powerful novel...A truly beautiful story about the power of love and family, this is Mike Gayle's best book to date
This book is a treasure, written from the heart.
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.
Mike Gayle's writing is wise, compassionate and prone to making you cry