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The Whole Day Through Paperback – 28 May 2009
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‘This is a wry, clever, fautlessly crafted mini-soap threaded with sadness…beautifully written, precisely nuanced and assured’ Guardian
‘A bittersweet tale of what happens when you’re torn between duty and desire’ She
‘During the course of a summer’s day, memories are revisited, hearts, souls and consciences searched, and second chances fleetingly emerge…[Gale’s] fluid telescoping of past and present adds to the mood of quiet poignancy’ Sunday Times
‘Poignant and acutely observed’ Daily Express
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 Richard & Judy bestsellers ‘Notes from an Exhibition’ and ‘A Perfectly Good Man’.
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Top Customer Reviews
As always with Patrick Gale, this is a beautifully written novel and one that is a confidently executed and perceptively observed story of relationships, of missed opportunities, and of the obligations and rewards of family life.Read more ›
This book just aches with longing, and the dilemma which faces Ben and Laura is very real, and utterly believable. I loved it, devoured it, and will read it again. Highly recommended.
Gale is one of the few writers to portray gay characters for what they are - just like the rest of us. However, Bobby, the gay chap in this book, is not like the rest of us, he has Mosaic Down's Syndrome. This is another Gale trademark - a character suffering some obscure medical condition. He seems to be on a mission to get us all to leave aside our prejudices and treat everyone as equals. I've always liked his treament of older people, portraying them (us!) as living, breathing, sexual beings. Professor Jellicoe shows us the fragility of life as she heads towards an old age dependent on her daughter Laura, bones broken by osteoporosis. Gale has a particular sympathy with women, (a previous novel gave me the vocabulary to describe the horrors of the menopause) such a rarity in a male writer. This is one of the reasons that he is almost my favourite author, a close second to Isabel Allende.
Laura is the dutiful daughter, Ben the lover (a venereologist - is Gale a frustrated doctor?) and brother of gay/Down's Bobby. Cloe is Ben's wife, waiting on the sidelines while he chooses between her and Laura. Like most of Gale's books, there are layers upon layers and he is maturing into a very significant writer who deserves a much wider readership.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to be unsatisfying. It was nice and well-written but it didn’t grab my attention and at the end I wondered what it was trying to do. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Damo Green
I struggled with this, flagging half way through, reading the end and then doubling back through the chapters to make sense of it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MF
There are the usual Patrick Gale hallmarks with this book; the characters are very well drawn - especially Mummy and Ben. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stuart C.
Too much inconsequent detail. Characters were not really believable. Some touching moments. Plot twist not well thought through. Nice sceneryPublished 19 months ago by Mary O.