All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle

Hello and happy Thursday!

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle as part of the #blogtour 💫




Hubert Bird is not alone in being alone.
He just needs to realise it.

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 bestselling author Mike Gayle, All the Lonely Peopleis 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.

My Thoughts

Before I proceed, I’d just like to say that my copy (pictured) is actually a proof copy, and that when you go out to the book shop to buy yours, you should look out for a lovely baby blue and white hardcover 🥰


I have loved Gayle’s previous books and his effortlessly beautiful writing style genuinely makes my heart sing so I was very excited when this dropped on the doormat!


All The Lonely People did not disappoint.  I loved Hubert and all of his wondrous escapades in his hurried attempt to achieve his fake life.  This wasn’t an easy read at times, and there were certainly points where I was reaching for the tissues with a knot in my tummy.  However, I couldn’t stop reading this and found it ultimately to be such an inspiring and hopeful read.


With themes of kindness and community spirit, mixed up with loneliness, parenting, marriage and a plethora of other weighty subjects; Gayle has managed to make everything sparkle and shine and positively gleam with uplifting vibes.


A beautifully written, raw and touching tale; All The Lonely People is definitely not to be missed this Summer!


All The Lonely People is out now in hardcover And you can buy it here and my thanks go to Jenny Platt and Hodder & Stoughton for the invitation to the blogtour and my proof copy💫


If you enjoyed my post, please do check out my others and also the other stops on the blogtour (see below).


Until next time! Have a wonderful day!




Published by Mrs Cooke

👩🏽‍💻📚I read and shout 📣 about books 👯‍♀️owner of 2 book-loving Littles 🌳village dweller ✍️stationery fiend 🍸gin enthusiast 📩DM for reviews etc 💌

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