A collection of short fiction from Patrick Gale. His subjects vary from curious childhood loyalties, long-hidden unsettling memories, newly-discovered joys and dislocated relationships to overwhelming passions.
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Patrick Gale was born in 1962 on the Isle of Wight. He was educated at Winchester and Oxford and now writes full time.Review:
`Nattily subversive, sexually ambiguous, intelligent and disturbing. The prose sizzles with acidic observation.' Sunday Times `Not one of these eleven stories is a dud. All of them are concerned with the fallout that occurs when soft-focussing fantasy collides with hard-nosed reality. The lingering after-effects "lie on the sweeter side of bleak". Witty, moving and very much alive.' Time Out `Gale has long been a master of short fiction. So it comes as no surprise to find that his first collection of stories shows him to be an adept of the art ... the form utilises all his strengths of acute observation, gentle wit and humane acceptance of human diversity ... Wit and wisdom, metaphor and moment constantly combine to delight.' The Times `Patrick Gale revels in absurd risks. It's the promise of an unexpected, and potentially implausible outcome that entices you into his stories. The prose sizzles with acidic observations.' Independent on Sunday `Gale is a master of character, and he slips under the skins of his women protagonists with such wit that it's often hard to believe he's a man. From the misplaced passions of a jilted writer these fresh, clear-headed stories are reminiscent of Gale's back catalogue of acclaimed novels.' Elle `Gale pins down the pain of love and leaving and the no-man's-land between the apparently real and the illusory. He writes of uncertain memories and threatened loyalties and, in Dressing Up In Voices, of a couple whose passionate, inevitable break-up is traced with unrelenting accuracy.' Scotland on Sunday
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Book Description Flamingo, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. In VERY GOOD overall condition, with some signs of previous ownership. Daily dispatch from UK warehouse. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000170054
Book Description Flamingo, London, 1996. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good ++. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 012004
Book Description Flamingo, London, 1996. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good +. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 012031