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The Cat Sanctuary Paperback – 14 May 2009
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‘Splendidly realised Cornish moorland setting, wellies, ruts, dripping sheep…Gale’s specialist forte being pathos into bathos, tears of desolation leaking into the gravy, but he writes about the difficult emotions with delicacy, perception and a rare ferocious charm’ Guardian
‘“The Cat Sanctuary” is a book with claws. It has a soft surface – a story set in sloping Cornish countryside, touching on love, families and forgiveness, delivered in a gentle, straightforward prose – but from time to time it catches you unawares. Scratch the surface, suggests Gale, and you draw blood’ The Times
‘Gale’s writing is marvellously entertaining, and there is a compelling sense of biting deep into the core of the bitter truth’ Cosmopolitan
‘Like Gale’s previous novels, it’s an elegantly menacing, enjoyable read that starts as it means to go on – dynamically. “The Cat Sanctuary” presents people’s lives and coiled springs, wound tighter and tighter until suddenly they unleash themselves on their nearest and dearest…It’s a deep and moving book; highly recommended’ New Woman
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Judith and Deborah are sisters driven apart by traumatic events in their childhood, but thrown back together again when Deborah's diplomat husband is accidentally assassinated. Judith's lover, Joanna, the instigator of this awkward reunion, finds that as the sisters' murky past is raked up, so too is her own, and the three women become embroiled in a tangle of passion and recrimination.
"Engrossing…Gale is a charmingly idiosyncratic write who could not write a cliché if he tried."
"Like Gale's previous novels, it's and elegantly menacing, enjoyable read that starts as it means to go on – dynamically. It's a deep and moving book; highly recommended."
"Gale's writing is marvellously entertaining and there is a compelling sense of biting deep into the core of the bitter truth."
"A book with claws."
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Top Customer Reviews
As in his other novels there's a supporting cast of eccentric and bizarre characters all of whom are sympathetically and truthfully drawn. Patrick Gale has the ability to make the extraordinary seem usual and the usual extraordinary. His characters live on in the mind well after the final page is turned.
I always enjoy reading Patrick Gale's novels and I picked up this hardback edition (couldn't resist the cat on the cover) from the bookshelf of a relative of mine, expecting a really good read. However, although this book is very well-written and I enjoyed the author's evocative descriptions of the Cornish countryside, I found this particular novel didn't engage my interest as much as other books I have read from Mr Gale.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love his novels. This has very little to do with cats. And although two main characters are a gay couple, it's not really about being gay. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2013 by Ms Nicola Phillips
Absolutely the best thing Patrick Gale has ever written. I rate it along with The Great Gatsby as two of my favorite books from the 20th Century.Published on 24 May 2013 by ckOner
This was a lovely story with engaging characters whom I enjoyed spending time with. Gale is very insightful as regards personal relationships.Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by L. Barlow
I was drawn into the story from page one. There were surprises which I wasn't expecting. A gripping read. As usual a story from Patrick Gale that didn't disappoint.Published on 3 Dec. 2012 by samantha
I loved this book and found it so compelling it only took me three days to read. I became totally involved with all three of the main characters, warming especially to Joanna and... Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2009 by Iain C. Davidson
"Notes from an Exhibition" is really ok, but this one is a total waste of money and time...Published on 13 Oct. 2009 by F. Bernardo