'His most accomplished and moving novel yet' Lisa Jewell
From the author of The Man I Think I Know
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 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.' Sophie Kinsella, author of Surprise Me
'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 is heartbreaking and beautiful, full of poignant moments and characters you fall for from page one. I couldn't put it down.' Libby Page, author of The Lido
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Mike Gayle is proving himself a master at penning beautifully realised—and wonderfully flawed—characters. Half a World Away brings together two siblings separated at birth and now complete strangers living in the same city. Kerry is a survivor—she went through care as a child and now cleans houses to support her young son. Her brother, Noah, was adopted into a affluent family. Now a successful lawyer, Noah has a gorgeous wife and daughter and a stylish house. While Kerry and Noah are such different characters, Gayle’s intricate portraits make them both feel like old, cherished friends. His tale delicately unfurls into an unforgettable, overwhelmingly emotional family saga—one that takes in class, race and social politics.