Join Patrick Gale to talk about our June Book of the Month, A PERFECTLY GOOD MAN, TONIGHT, Weds 27 June 9-10pm

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Patrick Gale is fast becoming a National Treasure. Our June choice, A PERFECTLY GOOD MAN, is his seventeenth book. That alone deserves some kind of gong from the Queen. But it is also his particular style of quiet, intelligent, clear and humorous writing that makes him a very British talent. You always feel as if you know his characters, that they were in your local Post Office just this morning, and you recognize their human frailty and tangled emotions.

Barnaby Johnson, the hero of this month's book, is a priest in a small West Cornwall parish. Each chapter is a snapshot of different people in the parish, at different times of their life, all of whom are connected to Barnaby. Slowly and deliciously, the story unfolds like backwards origami, with secrets and triumphs and betrayals opening out in sequence.

A novel that makes you reflect on many issues - faith, marriage, adoption, mental illness - but most of all, shows you humanity in all its complex, crazy mixed-up wonderfulness.

The book of the month page with more detail about A PERFECTLY GOOD MAN and our giveaway of 50 free copies of Patrick's book will go live tomorrow (Thursday 31 May) at 10am. We'll close the giveaway after 24 hours and pick 50 names randomly, and we'll email you to let you know if your name was chosen within 48 hours.

And if you're not lucky enough to bag one of those, you can get your Kindle edition or your paperback here

We are delighted that Patrick will be joining us to chat about A PERFECTLY GOOD MAN, his writing life and all his previous books, on Wednesday 27 June, 9-10pm. We'll be discussing the book throughout the month so don't forget to put your thoughts and questions up here before the chat.

Hope you can join us...

beachhutbetty Mon 18-Jun-12 08:26:42

I received one Special Delivery on Friday and then got another one delivered today by Fedex! Weird - still I shall pass it on to a friend to read.

DowagersHump Mon 18-Jun-12 09:26:24

Ah beahhutbetty - thanks for that.

I got a copy fedexed today but something arrived by Spec Del on Friday which I haven't been able to collect yet so was a bit confused. I assume that's another copy!

Will start reading it right now smile

DowagersHump Mon 18-Jun-12 09:26:41

beachhutbetty

Hullygully Mon 18-Jun-12 09:30:48

I got two too. V handy as an unexpected birthday hoved into view!

BiscuitNibbler Mon 18-Jun-12 09:41:18

I got a copy on Friday by special delivery and another today by Fedex. Is it ok to pass the spare to a friend?

Abcinthia Mon 18-Jun-12 09:53:58

I got another copy as well.

I'm probably going to donate it to the local charity book stall.

gazzalw Mon 18-Jun-12 12:14:16

Right I will get cracking with my copy and have already promised the extra copy to a well-deserving friend! Thank you for both copies!

SamsGoldilocks Mon 18-Jun-12 12:28:29

I too have received a second copy this morning. Happy to pass it on to a friend if that's ok?

NoraHelmer Mon 18-Jun-12 12:46:02

Now I'm feeling hard done by - I only got one copy grin

Hullygully Mon 18-Jun-12 12:47:28

I've had another fourteen.

Hullygully Mon 18-Jun-12 12:47:56

It's getting out of hand. Earlier there were six FedEx vans lined up in the road.

ripsishere Mon 18-Jun-12 15:22:09

I didn't even know I was going to get a copy. Mine was delivered by UPS I think.
DD signed for it hmm. She reckons it's hers now. She is 11 so probably not the target audience.
Will read and comment. Thank you MN.

Hullygully Mon 18-Jun-12 15:37:32

Only the one?

tsk

ripsishere Mon 18-Jun-12 15:41:16

I have been on the look out for more. We've had a Sainsbury delivery and something from World of Leather in our road today, no more books.

Slainte Mon 18-Jun-12 16:51:52

I've also received two. Can we keep both copies?

coni336 Mon 18-Jun-12 16:57:39

I've got 2 too! What to do with the extra copy? I'm happy to pass it on if someone wants to pay for postage?

Hullygully Mon 18-Jun-12 17:28:20

The police are coming for you both NOW

Slainte Mon 18-Jun-12 19:50:00

grin Hully

GhouliaYelps Mon 18-Jun-12 22:07:06

If anyone wants to pass their book to me I will pay postage - I missed the free copy and was rather gutted. Pls PM me smile

NoraHelmer Tue 19-Jun-12 08:10:40

I spoke too soon yesterday. The Fed Ex van has just been - I now have my second copy too grin Will pass to DH as he's about to finish his current book.

ripsishere Tue 19-Jun-12 08:20:58

The police came for me, and I've only got one.
I started it and am enjoying it immensly. If nobody else comes foreward Ghoulia, you can have mine. Not sure how long it will take me to finish it.
<other stuff going on>

NoraHelmer Tue 19-Jun-12 09:44:27

Is MN aware of the two copies for everyone thing yet?

DS was so disappointed this morning when it turned out to be another book - he's been waiting not so patiently for his new scooter to arrive this week grin

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 19-Jun-12 09:47:53

Thought you might like to listen to this interview with Patrick about A Perfectly Good Man.

Glad you've all got your copies copy.

coni336 Tue 19-Jun-12 09:47:54

Ghoulia I have pmd you smile

kellykateneedsaholiday Tue 19-Jun-12 10:11:28

I got two as well.

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