All the Lonely People – Published 2021
“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?” – Goodreads
Thank you to GrandCentral Publishing and Libro.fm.fm for the gifted hardcover and audiobook!
I love Hubert Bird. He may be my new favorite character. While he starts as a cranky curmudgeon, he quickly becomes everyone’s sweet grandpa with the most amazing backstory.
All the Lonely People will break your heart over and over again, but will also have you crying happy tears and smiling. It is endearing, it is sweet, it is gut wrenching, and it is beautiful. You’ll hug this book when you’re done.
Strongly suggest the audio, as it was perfect. Read this book immediately.