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Half a World Away

Narrated by: Kayi Ushe, Joanna Brookes
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The incredibly moving and uplifting new novel from the author of The Man I Think I Know

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 and Kerry are about to discover just who they really are.

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  • lynnect
  • 06-14-19

Absolutely brilliant

Another great book from Mike Gayle. I would recommend that everyone listen this as it’s not only brilliantly written, but the narrators are marvellous. I drove down the M4 in tears listening to it and the Kayi Ushe and Joanna Brooke’s made it so real. I would love to find out what happens to the characters next. If only there were more stars as five just aren’t enough

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  • Jodee
  • 06-24-19

Loved it

I have the memory of a sieve but this is one of the rare books that I won't forget.
A lovely storyline and well performed by both readers, making it easy to listen to.
I won't give the plot away but I'm currently going through a similar experience with a friend so I found the book pretty emotional and spot on with some of the descriptions.
Well done Mike, another fab book. Iloved your last book and look forward to your next.

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  • N. J. Smith
  • 06-21-19

An absolute delight

I’ve always loved Mike Gayle but this is one of his best. Beautifully written with fantastic narration, I loved every minute of this book even when I had tears streaming down my face.
Stunning.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 06-20-19

Breathtakingly beautiful

I'd heard so much about this book before I listened to it, I was expecting to sob my way from the first word until the last. I didn't cry, I did well up a few times but didn't actually shed a tear. Please don't misunderstand, this isn't because the book isn't intensely moving and highly emotional, it is both those things and more. It's the writing, which is so exquisite in its eloquence and lyricism I didn't want to miss a word. Mike Gayle's words are poetic, his writing possesses a rhythm so mellifluous I needed to imbibe every beat. As if the words themselves aren't enough of a gift, they are presented to us by the talents of Kayi Ushe and Joanna Brookes who made me feel as if Noah, Kerry and the rest of the cast were performing solely for me, in my own home. It wasn't just the depth of Mr Gayle's understanding of human emotions that was so moving, it was the manner in which he delivered that comprehension to us that has made such a lasting impression. Half a World Away is a paradoxical book, a heartbreaking and desperately sad tale, which left me feeling uplifted and revived. Mr Gayle has made a mark on my heart and my soul, which I imagine will stay with me for many years to come.

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  • katie garrett
  • 06-19-19

I loved it so much

Just such a heartwarming and moving read. Laughing and crying. I loved it so much.

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  • niamh bonner
  • 06-18-19

Tear jerker

This audio book had me sniveling through the night as I listened to it. It was fantastically narrated and the two people's stories were so relatable that I thoroughly enjoyed. Sometimes a good cry is all you need and if you do then this is the book for you