Half a World Away

Half a World Away


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Strangers living worlds apart.
Strangers with nothing in common.

But it wasn’t always that way…

Kerry Hayes
is single mum, living on a tough south London estate. She provides for her son by cleaning houses she could never afford. Taken into care as a child, Kerry cannot forget her past.

Noah Martineau is a successful barrister with a beautiful wife, daughter and home in fashionable Primrose Hill. Adopted as a young child, Noah never looks back.

When Kerry contacts Noah, the sibling she lost on the day they were torn apart as children, she sets in motion a chain of events that will change both of their lives forever.

By turns funny and moving, Half a World Away is a story that will stay with you long after you read its final page.

Title:Half a World Away
Edition Language:English
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    Half a World Away Reviews

  • Paromjit

    This is the first contemporary fiction novel that I have read by Mike Gayle, and I absolutely loved it, despite the fact that I found myself emotionally wrung out from the experience. Kerry Hayes is i...

  • Dem

    3.5 Stars Half a Word away is a heartbreaking and beautiful story. An uplifting tale that is relatable and well written.This is my second novel by Mike Gayle having recently read The Man I Think I Kn...

  • Ken

    There's been many takes on the traditional tale of the different paths those of a certain upbringing are able to take, that it's testament to Mike Gayles strong writing that I was instantly invested i...

  • Susan Atkin

    Not read any of his before and it started off quite well. But then it got so predictable, to the point I was cringing and it was completely spoilt for me. it was so obvious what was going to happen to...

  • Lydia Bailey

    I completely accept I’m in the minority here, particularly with fellow book club buddies, but this did very little for me at all. I have struggled with the author before. I found this one a chore to...

  • Miriam Smith (A Mother?s Musings)

    The incredibly moving and uplifting novel "Half a World Away" is an acute observation of human nature and is written by Mike Gayle, bestselling author of "The Man I Think I Know"."Kerry Hayes knows ex...

  • Lisa Regan

    Mostly...meh. Really poorly written dialogue, characters I didn't care about, no real plot twists, an ending I expected...I only kept reading because I thought something would happen to make it worthy...

  • Serena

    Wow. I absolutely loved this book, I didn’t want it to end! Mike Gayle really takes you on a journey reading this. It was such a beautifully written story, I was so invested. Kerry and Noah are so w...

  • Rachel Gilbey

    Words can't describe adequately what I feel about this book. Without a doubt Mike Gayle's best book, and I've read them all, and its such a powerful but heartbreaking story, I was almost in floods of ...

  • Hannah Moore

    Lovely story for the most part and ever so sad, though I kept hoping for a twist. I found the writing style a bit simple, too much like a diary though it wasn’t meant to be, and often found the dial...