Half a World Away – Mike Gayle


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 beautiful wife, daughter and home in fashionable Primrose Hill. Adopted as a child, Noah always looks forward, never back.

When Kerry reaches out to the sibling she lost on the day they were torn apart as children, she sets in motion a chain of events that will have life-changing consequences for them both.


Well, when I finished this book I was completely speechless. It is an absolutely fantastic book and was incredibly deserving of finishing in my top 15 reads of 2020. I have told everyone and anyone about it since I finished it.

The story is heartbreaking and beautifully raw. It is full of poignant moments and it will stay with me forever.

I recommend this book but please, be warned, it will without a doubt leave you sobbing.

Have you read this book? do you agree with me? Drop me a comment and let me know!


  1. I put this on my list just before Christmas. So many people were raving about it. I’d forgotten all about it though until I saw this post so I’m going to have to try to make room for it somewhere!

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