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All the Lonely People

Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

Life is waiting to happen to Hubert Bird. But first he has to open his front door and let it in.

In weekly phone calls to his daughter in Australia, widower Hubert Bird paints a picture of the perfect retirement, packed with fun, friendship and fulfilment. 

But Hubert Bird is lying.

The truth is day after day drags by without him seeing a single soul. 

Until, that is, he receives some good news - good news that in one way turns out to be the worst news ever, news that will force him out again, into a world he has long since turned his back on.

Now, Hubert faces a seemingly impossible task: to make his real life resemble his fake life before the truth comes out.

Along the way Hubert stumbles across a second chance at love, renews a cherished friendship and finds himself roped into an audacious community scheme that seeks to end loneliness once and for all.

Life is certainly beginning to happen to Hubert Bird. But with the origin of his earlier isolation always lurking in the shadows will he ever get to live the life he's pretended to have for so long?

From best-selling author Mike Gayle, All the Lonely People is by turns a funny and moving meditation on love, race, old age and friendship that will not only charm and uplift, but also remind you of the power of ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference.

©2020 Mike Gayle (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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Be more Hubert. Be more Ashleigh.

Wonderful book. Engaging and loving story about a redemptive relationship between 2 unlikely protagonists, that explores the changing attitudes towards both racism, and extreme poverty. But as the title suggests, the key theme is loneliness and how we deal with it.

Brilliant.

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A wonderful book full of ups and downs

What a book. I was hooked from the first page. It taught us about the real struggles and prejudice that people coming to England faced back in the 1950/60s. I know it happened but was not aware of how bad it really was. I loved all the diverse characters in the book. They were a fantastic team when it came to making a difference in their community. But Hubert was a special man. A man who suffered so much over the years who was a really true gentleman. I fell in love with Hubert and felt that I really knew him. The characters were all 'real' and believable. I am sad now I have finished the book. Well done Mike Gayle. Another excellent book!!

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loved it!

Well done Mike! another beautifully written story full of rich characters and written with the usual Mike Gayle compassion.
A story that is touching and apt in what's happening today.
Also great narration.
I highly recommend.

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absolutely fantastic

I have been waiting patiently for this book to be released and I can honestly say I have not been disappointed. What appears to be a simple story has shocking twists that leave you open mouthed. I love Gayles books and have for 20 years but this is definitely his best book to date. I just hope I do not have to wait too long for his next master piece

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Superb

Excellent story covering difficult subjects, beautifully read by the narrator. Another triumph for Mike Gayle, roll on the next one!

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Brilliant!

Mike Gayle never disappoints and this nook has had me enthralled for 2 whole days. Hubert is a totally believable character and the story telling is just perfect.
The narrator is absolutely spot on and I loved all the accents!
I always think that mikes last book is his best and this one is superb.

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Wonderful!

Was so sad when it ended. Beautiful story with a heartwarming message. Fabulous narration too!

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As a Bromley Girl I loved the location but:

Now don't get me wrong I normally thoroughly enjoy Mike Gayle's books and maybe it's just me but having lived in Bromley for over 25 years with the neighbours from hell and most people too busy to stop and chat, I found this book far fetched.
Unfortunately, Bromley has become the cesspit of Kent with life long residents fleeing the area for safety and sanity reasons.
This book is 'make believe' and that's a lovely thought but whey off reality. Sorry Mike :(

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all the lonely people

I loved this story so much. the characters were all interesting. brought tears to my eyes.
well done Mike!!

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Make sure you have tissues!

This book is so sad and so hopeful and just beautiful. I feel emotionally drained after listening to it and I loved every second. Ben Onwukwe was a fantastic narrator and he did all the accents really well. Please listen to it. It’s a fantastic story. It might be Mike Gayle’s best book yet.