Maggie from BlackCountry Wench blog mentioned a while ago that she'd been listening to the audio book of All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle and that she'd enjoyed it. I really enjoyed Half a World Away by the same author which I read last year so I thought I'd give this one a go.
"In phone calls to his daughter in Australia, widower Hubert Bird paints a picture of the perfect retirement, packed with fun and friendship.
But Hubert Bird is lying.
Something has made him turn his back on people, and he hardly sees a soul.
So when his daughter announces she's coming to visit, Hubert faces a race against time: to make his real life resemble his fake life before he's found out.
Along the way Hubert renews a cherished friendship, is given a second chance at love and even joins an audacious community scheme. But with the secret of his earlier isolation lurking in the shadows, is he destined to always be one of the lonely people?"
The book switches between present day and goes back in time to explore Hubert Bird's life right from the time he arrived in the UK from Jamaica back in the 1950s. The characters are very likeable and I love Mike Gayle's writing style.
There's a huge twist which I never saw coming. I won't say any more as I'd hate to spoil it for anyone.
I've now read two books by Mike Gayle and enjoyed them both. I shall be seeking out more books by this author.