- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (14 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007307667
- ISBN-13: 978-0007307661
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Facts of Life Paperback – 14 May 2009
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‘Deftly characterised, deeply involving and relevant. A memorable achievement’ The Times
‘It is impossible to put “The Facts of Life” down. A rural English blockbuster. It is beautifully done’ Daily Telegraph
‘Patrick Gale offers us so much more than facts in this extraordinary blockbuster of a novel. Its exploration of family ties and tyranny is encompassed within a deft narrative. Much like the late Ivy Compton-Burnett, Gale presents us with a family saga which both questions and defies present day morality. Always fluent, Gale manages to be both brutal and witty. His analysis of the family tree is rooted in compassion and insight and expounded resoundingly well’ Time Out
‘Gale’s best and most complex novel. Gale is both a shameless romantic and hip enough to get away with it’ New Statesman
About the Author
Patrick Gale was born in 1962 on the Isle of Wight. 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is so much better than the impression given by the bland blurb on the back of the book.
The more innocent first part is easily reminiscent of wide ranging mid last century family novels such as The Cazalet Chronicles Collection - 4 Books (RRP £33.96). Edward/Eli Pepper/Pfefferberg, most elegantly bridges both sections. He arrives, in wretched health, at a TB hospital, to be cared for by Dr. Sally. They make friends and the book begins to take shape. As a couple they are at first bohemian then more middle class. Throughout the story, wonderful music ripples through, as an underscore. Edward earnestly composes and plays, struggles as an artist ahead of his time, to conform, earn and build a reputation. Sally settles, allowed the freedom she needs by a generous mentor, Dr. Pertwee, who gifts her The Roundel, an unusual and inspirational female entailed property, that becomes their characterful home.
This is a very good tale, a hugely involving read; all of which is suddenly turned around by a shocking event. Sally only appears twice in the second part, which takes a very different turn. Written at the height of HIV/AIDS panic Patrick Gale has sensitively and comprehensively written the ultimate account of what it meant to be alive at that time and feeling very frightened.Read more ›
It is extremely well-written and fully deserves its place on my bookshelf where it will now be going back on the space it left waiting to be re-read again at some point in the future. It still remains my favourite of Patrick Gale's novels (with "Rough Music" coming in second) and it has made me look forward to reading the new one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An absorbing family saga about a holocaust survivor in post-war Britain, and his grandchildren in the 1990s. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Molly Flanders
Gale at his very best. Great characters and a totally engrossing storyline. He is a national treasure!Published 17 months ago by Chirpy
I normally enjoy all Patrick Gale's books but I found this one all too easy to pick up and put down - with little incentive to continue reading. It is rambling and over long. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2014 by avid reader
Rarely am I unable to finish a book - The Facts of Life by Patrick Gale is one such example. Having just finished the excellent 'Notes from an Exhibition' I found The Facts of... Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2013 by Stromata
`The apples don't fall so far from the tree.' is not a phrase I had heard before reading this book but it suddenly cropped up min a radio programme I was listening to and prompted... Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2013 by Mr. D. P. Jay
Having read a couple of other Patrick Gale books, I came to this one with some expectation of a decent story and well-drawn characters. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2012 by Walter