Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of All The Lonely People by Mike Gayle as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Jenny at Hodder for the invite to join the tour and for my lovely copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
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?
Well this book was beautiful, heartfelt and truly charming! All The Lonely People completely pulled me into Hubert Bird’s life. Mike Gayle wrote Hubert’s story beautifully revealing his past and present in a way that kept me invested in discovering more.
Hubert enjoys his weekly phone calls to his daughter in Australia where he regales her with stories of his busy social life. However when his daughter tells him that she will be coming home for a visit he realises that things will have to change. You see Hubert hasn’t been quite so honest about his life during these chats to his daughter. What follows is Hubert being set on a path that will change his life bringing new friendships and connections but also revealing his past along the way too.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the fact that it showed various moments in Hubert’s past along with his current situation in the present. Usually in a book you might find one part having more appeal over the other but both sides to this book captured my attention. As the story progresses the reader is shown the way Hubert’s life has turned out seeing both happiness and sadness playing their parts. Then you have the moments where you get a real feel for community spirit where I was willing the characters on and hoping they would succeed in their mission. It was so very easy to care for this group of characters and form an emotional connection. With each character bringing something special to the story although Hubert is truly the star of this book.
Loneliness is one of the main themes and all of the characters have experiences of it in different ways. I have to admit there were a few tears (okay there was a lot) but this story also captured a wonderful sense of hope that helped to make a lovely balance. It’s safe to say that All The Lonely People had so many important themes which combined to create something very special. All lovingly crafted into a beautiful, heartfelt and hopeful story!