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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo; New Ed edition (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586091475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586091470
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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‘A quick-thinking book by an author who has something to say’ Guardian

‘Patrick Gale writes with the understated fluency that is the hallmark of contemporary British fiction, and with the irony that usually accompanies it. Like William Boyd and Martin Amis, he skilfully blends the light and the dark, moving unobtrusively from comedy to drama without losing narrative momentum or integrity’ Book World

‘A sleek and silky novel’ Boston Sunday Globe

‘Ease is a second novel by a young Briton whose gifts and insights are notable’ International Herald Tribune

‘Captivating. A novel that pleads to be read at a single sitting’ Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester. He now lives on a farm near Land's End. His sixteen novels include The Whole Day Through, the Richard & Judy bestseller Notes From an Exhibition and his most recent, A Perfectly Good Man. You can find out more on his website www.galewarning.org.


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Domina Tey, an award-winning playwright in her late thirties, lives with her long term partner, Randy, a talented writer, in a beautiful house in The Paragon in Clifton. She has a life of ease: evenings spent in Covent Garden for the opera, dining out with friends, shopping in the best boutiques and then dropping into Fortnum's for Earl Grey tea and cinnamon toast; Domina is a fortunate woman and she knows it. But Domina is not entirely happy; life is too easy. To inject a little danger into her life, she stops taking her contraceptive pill - without Randy's knowledge - but this is not enough; she is feeling stifled and this is affecting her creative energy. Her solution is to pack up her typewriter, move out of her beautiful home and find a bedsit in Bayswater to rent so that she can experience just a little degradation and hopefully gather material for her next play.

Patrick Gale's 'Ease' is the story of Domina's few weeks spent in Bayswater and of the characters she meets in the dilapidated Victorian house where she rents her bedsitting room. There is her landlady, Tilly, an ex-mortician and: "..a plump creature with frizzed, reddish hair and a face like a dried dumpling"; there is Avril, a middle-aged writer who spends her evenings in Piccadilly chatting to rent boys as research for her book; there is Thierry, a young Frenchman who takes Domina to a gay bar for her entertainment; and then there is Quintus Harding, a young history student who is considering becoming a monk, but who finds Domina intriguingly attractive.

This slim novel is Patrick Gale's second book and I read in a broadsheet paper how Gale, when interviewed, commented that he is a little embarrassed by his earlier books; well I don't think he should be.
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I am a Patrick Gale fan and don't quite know how I have come to this his first novel only recently. But I loved it and think it's the book of his I have most enjoyed. Beautifully crafted and interesting characters and with Patrick's usual easy to read prose. Great stuff.
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Ease is the story of Domina, a successful playwright who needs inspiration for her next writing. She moves to London to escape her bitchy friend and long term partner, looking for ideas and adventure. She moves into a bed sit and the story is the tale of what and who she finds there.

Gale's characterisations are witty and dynamic as usual and there are smacks of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. I was also reminded of John Irving's Prayer For Owen Meany due to the twist at the end (which I won't reveal) and how this links back to something we already know about the characters. I really didn't see it coming!

A thoroughly enjoyable read from early Gale and, although not like his more recent offerings, every bit as good.
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An apprentice work by a great writer. Excellent episodes but unsatisfactory overall - too straining for effect and dependent on coincidence. His later work is very different.
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Was so looking forward to another Gale book I hadn't read and was disappointed. The book is very short, my fault for not checking, but the characters lacked any substance as did the plot.
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Early Patrick Gale, humour with consequences. Lovely book which can be read in one sitting on a winter's day in front of a roaring fire.
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Patrick is a good writer with a good understanding of the human mind and a good storyteller
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