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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial; paperback / softback edition (7 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407424858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407424859
  • ASIN: 0007254660
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
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'Poised and pitch-perfect throughout, this is an engrossing portrait of a troubled and remarkable character. A fine writer at the top of his game’ Mail on Sunday

‘This is an uplifting, immensely empathetic novel, and Gale's prose, as ever is as clear and bright as the Cornish light' Guardian

'It has the kind of quietly radiant intelligence, craft and integrity that bypasses superficial questions of originality. A novel with a variety and freshness that is all the more powerful and surprising for being discovering in such a circumscribed and very English milieu' Adam Lively, Sunday Times

'Skilfully constructed as a mosaic of different viewpoints that shift back and forwards in time. A warm, well-written novel about creativity and the perils of living with the creative spirit' Times Literary Supplement

'By the end I had laughed and cried and put all his other books on my wish list. This is dense, thought-provoking, sensitive, satisfying, humorous, humane – a real treat' Toby Clements, Telegraph

'Beautifully written, slowly unravelling tale…Patrick Gale's serene and carefully crafted prose conveys a profound understanding of the workings of human relationships and the torment that mental illness causes its sufferers and also those around them' Ross Gilfillan, Daily Mail

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 most recent novels are A Perfectly Good Man and the Richard & Judy bestseller Notes from an Exhibition.


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By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 May 2013
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The story is told through the device of the exhibition notes describing the art at a posthumous exhibition of the work of Rachel. Rachel has suffered from bi-polar disorder and the novel weaves back and forth through time highlighting the impact of her illness not only on Rachel but also on her family, particularly her children.

The characters are beautifully drawn, believable and I loved the economical writing style. There are some lovely turns of phrase that in just a few words conjure up a character. A son drifts "in the upper half of the under-achievers" and later is described as "worryingly like a wife". Elsewhere Rachel's gentle, kind husband Antony is described as "the unchanging pavement under Rachel's weather". The mother of three children by three different men is "a notorious slapper in both senses".

All told a very satisfying read which raises various issues. Some things aren't neatly resolved at the end which would normally drive me to distraction. Here though this adds to the novel rather than being a negative, allowing for differing interpretations. I read this for a book group and it was interesting to hear the different 'takes' on certain aspects.
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I have recently discovered this author having read Winter which I enjoyed. This charming and heart warming tale is an easy read but full of rich descriptions allowing the reader to immerse themselves as the story unfolds.
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Utterly wonderful book. I re-read it at least once a year and never fail to find more in it than before. Heartbreakingly-beautiful writing and an emotionally satisfying story with characters who will stay with you long after the last page.
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Read this book a while ago now: just picked up on reviewing. I enjoyed it immensely, Gale creates compelling, complex characters and keeps you turning pages to see how their problems resolve. One to read thoughtfully.
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Gale has a gift for weaving the ordinary into a fascinating tale. I look forward to reading the next one.
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A refreshingly unusual story. However, I found the narrative rather disjointed.
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Another brilliant story from Patrick Gale.
Wonderful.
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I had heard about this book on 'A Good Read' on Radio 4 and thought it sounded interesting. I have fond memories of Cornwall and so thought that it would make me feel comfortable in the plot (and thinking). It was not entirely what I had expected but I enjoyed reading it enormously and getting to know the extraordinary family.
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