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A Place Called Winter by [Gale, Patrick]
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Patrick Gale has written a book which manages to be both tender and epic, and carries the unmistakeable tang of a true story. I loved it. (Jojo Moyes)

Absorbing, moving and beautifully written, with echoes of EM Forster which I found especially enjoyable. (Amanda Craig)

Beautifully structured around the warmest of warm hearts, but it's also run through with something new: a devastating chill of loss, fear and exile which keeps you shaking your head and biting your lip in concern and shame and disbelief. (Louisa Young)

Bold, moving, intensely erotic - I couldn't put down this tale of passion and endurance, told with such tenderness. (Patricia Duncker)

A tender tale of loss and love (Sunday Times)

This is an intensely personal book. Gale was inspired by a true tale from his own family history, and the depth of feeling shows. It's one gay man reaching out to another across a century of social change, and his most powerfully moving novel yet (Independent)

A dramatic and affecting portrayal of dislocation, extreme environments and the traumatic effects of enforced secrecy (Observer)

A master storyteller. Quite simply, you believe every word he tells you (Independent on Sunday)

Gale is not a sentimental writer, he's vividly aware of hardship and despair, but the overwhelming emotion in this fine book is one of tender, life-affirming joy (Sun)

His best book yet (Country Life)

This is a convincing and fascinating portrait of daily life over a century ago in a far away place. The mixture of adventure, historical saga and romance is utterly heartwrenching (Sunday Mirror)

Gale is a skilful storyteller (Metro)

Mr Gale often uses autobiographical detail to good effect; here, he has excelled himself with the historical detail, resulting in a beautifully written, satisfying story that deserves to be a bestseller (Country Living Magazine)

A mesmerising storyteller; this novel is written with intelligence and warmth (The Times)

Gale employs his gift as a writer to will such pockets of tolerance retrospectively into existence - for the sake of his relative, as well, perhaps, as for all of us. Humanity does not look quite so wretched through Patrick Gale's eyes (Spectator)

Lightness of touch, one of Gale's characters observes, is desirable in a novelist, and it is one of Gale's virtues...Rich in atmosphere and period detail...this enjoyable tale is both witty and poignant (Daily Mail)

A gorgeously written, bittersweet story about secrets and identity (Good Housekeeping)

[A] fascinating novel (Helen Dunmore Guardian)

Be inspired by Patrick Gale's entrée to historical fiction... the deep undercurrents of love and desire that give the novel its pull will awaken you (Independent magazine)

An epic, intimate human drama, both brutal and breathtaking (Hereford Times)

A gripping and deeply moving book about love, fear and hope (Irish Times)

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If you've never read a Patrick Gale, stop now and pick up the Sunday Times hardback and paperback bestseller, A PLACE CALLED WINTER. From the author of NOTES FROM AN EXHIBITION comes an irresistible, searching and poignant historical novel of forbidden love, secrets and escape

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2272 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Tinder Press; 01 edition (24 Mar. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NFVG7VM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 679 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and this is my honest opinion of the book.

Harry Cane is born into a life of privilege. The eldest son of a wealthy man, he is left motherless at a young age. With his father often absent, he finds the love he seeks from his younger brother. Harry provides the foundation Jack needs, and Jack provides Harry a window to the outside world, a lifeline for the extremely shy young man. Almost unconsciously aware of his wealth, but well aware of the lack of direction his life takes, he soon finds himself married. A daughter soon follows. Then he falls in love with the wrong person. Forced to give up his life in England, Harry seizes on the chance to farm land in Canada. Harry's journey brings him into contact with people who will change his life irrevocably. Sometimes it takes a change of pace and a change of place to find yourself. For Harry Cane that place is A Place Called Winter.

Sometimes I review a book I've read and think 'Am I being too harsh with my ratings? Should this book be rated higher? Why do lots of people often give 5 stars and I rarely do?' Then I read a book like this and realise why. I read many books. Some ok, some good and others great. But what can I do to show that I think a book is truly outstanding, one that stays with you long after the final page has been turned? One that you wish would not end, just so you could stay with the characters a little longer. That's when I realise why I rarely give 5 stars. Because I need to save them for such a book as this, and A Place Called Winter is such a book.

Not one word is wasted. Literally. Each page holds something to savour. I didn't care if the narrative was at a crucial juncture or simply giving a glimpse into farming in turn of the century Canada.
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This must be the fifth or sixth Patrick Gale book I’ve read and I’ve really enjoyed them all. As far as I know this book is a bit of a departure in terms of both period and location, and I understand the story is based on an excerpt from his own family history.

When the book opens, Harry Cane is incarcerated in a Canadian mental asylum, undergoing various torture techniques to ‘cure’ him of his affliction.
He is then transferred to a much more lenient institution where a young doctor is carrying out research into those deemed to be ‘deviants’ by early 20th century society. There are excerpts from Harry’s time in this establishment throughout the book.

We also meet Harry as a shy, stammering young man in Edwardian London, living a decent but rather idle life cushioned by his father’s fortune. He enters a somewhat platonic marriage and becomes a father, but his true feelings are unleashed when he falls in love with another man. However, his secret is discovered and Harry is given an ultimatum by his wife’s family. Under threat of disgrace and a sentence of hard labour, he finds himself en route to Canada to make a new life as a settler on a remote Saskatchewan prairie. He befriends his neighbours, a brother and sister who both go on to play important roles in his future, but as the threat of war reaches this remote outpost of the Empire, Harry’s life takes another dark turn.

The contrasting settings of uptight Edwardian London and the harsh Canadian wilderness are beautifully observed and as usual with Gale’s writing I became effortlessly engrossed in the storyline and really came to care about the characters and what happened to them. The ending is extremely moving and I was really sorry to put the book down. Patrick Gale is now firmly established as one of my favourite authors.
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By Debra F TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2015
Format: Paperback
Edwardian England is quite a strict & regimented place to live with all its society rules and expectations of people throughout the classes. Harry Cane is a shy, stammering boy who doesn't excel at anything much, growing up in an Edwardian boarding school and society. Suddenly he breaks out of the mold, starts to find himself and is shipped off to Canada where he can't be an embarrassment to his wife and daughter. It is here in a gruelling landscape that Harry finds himself but not without reaching the brink of existance.

This books allows the reader to compare the Edwardian life in restricted England, the wilds of Canada and with their own day to day living. The book presents different worlds to that which we know now but with some concerning similarities. Have we really moved on from Edwardian England when it comes to accepting people with differences? There are times I wonder.

Harry Cane is a man that it is easy to feel sorry for to begin with and then as the book progresses he becomes a man to admire. He doesn't excel at anything and has enough money not to have to work. His life just ambles along without him seeming to do very much apart from following the rules of society. Harry then makes an attempt to do something different & pays very heavily for it. It is at this point that I start to admire him. No longer closeted by family, money and society he is thrown into the wilds of Canada. Yes, he makes some very wrong decisions but he also finds out who he is. He grows as a person and starts to carve out a world for himself.

I very much enjoyed this book. The writing was excellent with wonderful descriptions of the isolation in the wilds of Canada and brilliant three dimensional characters. I could hear the silence as the snow fell cutting everyone off, much as I could picture the Edwardian afternoon tea on the lawn. I haven't read a book by this author before but I shall now be searching out other titles.
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