Half a World Away
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 hope to afford. Taken into care as a child, Kerry cannot ever forget her past.
Noah Martineau is a successful barrister with a beauti...more
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If you're interested, Mike has recently been doing weekly Facebook Live events (Monday's 8pm UK). He talks about a different book each week and reads comments and answers questions from the chat. The events so far are available as videos to watch (starting in March 2020) at https://facebook.com/mikegayleauthor. If he keeps to the weekly schedule, Half A World Away is likely to be discussed on 6th July.
And his new book All The Lonely People will be released on 23rd July.(less)
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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 Know which I also enjoyed. I love the ease of Mike Gayle books, they are well written, well rounded characters that the reader can connect with and a plot that is thought provoking and entertaining.
Kerry Hayes is a single mum, living on a tough south London estate. she works as a cleaner and provides ...more
Single mum Kerry trys her best to support her young son Kian through various cleaning jobs, whist Noah is a successful barrister and happily married father.
Its great that the chapters jump between the two POVs as both ...more
"Kerry Hayes knows exactly who she is: a single mum, a cleaner and Mariah Carey's biggest fan. Noah Martineau thinks he knows who he is: a successful barrister, with a wife, daughter and big house in Primrose Hill. Strangers with nothing in common. Strangers living worlds apart. But it wasn't always this way...and Noah ...more
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 tears for most of the last fifth of the book, and kept having to swallow the lump in my throat, purely as I didn't want people wondering why on earth I was crying poolside on holiday.
Kerry and Noah couldn't have had any more different upbringings if they tried, but yet there are a few similarities ...more
*I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Kerry Hayes is a single mother trying to earn a living house cleaning for people, because the job fits around her having a child at nursery school.
From the past, the most saddest thing ever is that when her mother couldn't look after Kerry and her brother, anymore, they went into separate care.
With now her mother has passed away, she d ...more
It didn’t make me cry, because I’m pretty hard (a.k.a. heartless) when it comes to these types of books.
Half a World Away is about a woman called Kerry who, after years of trying to get back in touch, eventually manages to reunite with her long-lost half-brother, Noah. And that’s pretty much all you need to know.
At its heart, this book is primarily about family and what it means to be a family. I didn’t give it five stars because it ended up being a bit too ‘sweet’ fo ...more
One pinballs from placement to placement before finally growing up in a care home. A rough start in life, a need to fend for herself and eventually, a determination to ‘make good’. Kerry lives a humble but happy life as the single mother of her son, Kian, in a west London council estate, working hard as a cleaner.
The other is adopted aged 2.5 and raised by a loving, wealthy whi ...more
Kerry is a hardworking single mother, who adores her son, Kian, and never bemoans the hand she's been dealt. And it's not an easy hand. Put into care as a child she ...more
Not bad but not great. The copy I read though had a preview of another Mike Gayle book that sucked me in so now I’m on to that one.
My copy was provided by NetGalley for review, all opinions are my own.
If you don't like stories that are made to be tear-jerkers with tragedies and lives being turned upside down at every occasion, I don't think you'll like this one. As much as I loved it, there's a part of me that thought: these characters are going through hell and back, and this is getting to a point where I'm not sure all of the ordeals were neces ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book, and felt that I could relate quite well to the characters, as we have members of our family who have been adopted.
I felt for the character, Noah, as it must have been hard for him to have lost his sister having just been reconnected.
This is quite a realistic account of how some children very sadly get taken into care and adopted.
A two-hander of viewpoints that will touch you. The story doesn't let up, and both sides bring honest and raw sentiments with them.
Kerry works diligently as a cleaner to raise her son by herself, taking pride in her flat, while holding onto hopes of the long-gone baby brother she lost in the care system when still a child herself.
Noah Martineau is a well-spoken and successful barrister, married family man, who kno ...more
What a story! This is not an easy read based on the subjects raised throughout. It’s pretty harrowing and emotional, but I thoroughly recommend it.
Now in her early 40’s Kerry is a single mum to a young son, living on a rough estate, she has her own small business cleaning the houses of the rich and entitled. Having been put into the care system at a young age and separate ...more
I will definitely be reading more from ...more
I was also born in Birmingham — in my humble opinion the greatest city in the world with the nicest people too.
I used to live in London — a great city too. But a bit on the pricey side.
I also used to live in Manchester — another great city (although technically I lived in Salford which is next door but that’s sort of spli ...more