The Museum of Ordinary People

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What to expect

The superb new novel from the bestselling author of Half A World Away and All the Lonely People.

Inspired by a box of mementos found abandoned in a skip following a house clearance, The Museum of Ordinary People is a poignant, thought-provoking but ultimately uplifting story of memory and love, grief, loss and the things we leave behind. It is another brilliant novel from an author who seems to have the absolute knack of writing topical, engaging, heartwarming stories which really connect with readers.

(P) 2021 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Critics Review

  • The Museum of Ordinary People is a timely treasure of a read. Spilling over with Mike Gayle’s trademark warmth and tenderness, it’s so insightful and thought-provoking on loss and grief, as well as the meaning of possessions and how we might take a fresh look at the things we once took for granted. It’s the kind of book you’ll want to re-read as soon as you’ve finished it. Just beautiful

    Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You
  • Mike has an uncanny ability to create characters that are immediately familiar and relatable and to draw the reader into their world, ever eager to follow where they lead. The Museum of Ordinary People is a keenly observed and warm-hearted tale of how people cope with loss and keep their dreams alive against the odds. It is a delightful read

    Ruth Hogan
  • One of my favourite writers, and this is his best yet…a relatable and yet brilliantly original story – this is a novel I could recommend to so many people

    Clare Mackintosh
  • Mike gets better every year and every book. He’s becoming a real chronicler of our times

    Jenny Colgan
  • A new Mike Gayle novel is always a treat. The Museum of Ordinary People is filled with warmth, tenderness and character. It really made me think, too – I love that it encourages us to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. A gorgeous novel

    Beth O'Leary
  • Uplifting and poignant

    My Weekly

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