"Once I start a Patrick Gale book, I could go…"
Once I start a Patrick Gale book, I could go on forever, without stopping. The storytelling is a treat, enjoyable, easy on the imagination, but it hides plotting which is like a crossword puzzle, with clues falling into place, and adding up to a haunting, tragic tale.
The novel is also hard hitting - challenging complacent middle england values about family, justice, child-rearing, but without any political force feeding - it invokes a sense of time and place across generations and from Wandsworth to Cornwall. This novel, The Cat Sanctuary and Notes from and Exhibition are an unbeatab;e trilogy of novels - and made The Whole Day Through seem a little slight by comparison.Read moreLess