Patrick Gale Rough Music

ISBN 13: 9780007307678

Rough Music

3.93 avg rating
( 1,472 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780007307678: Rough Music

A subtle and entertaining tragicomic love story. Julian as a small boy is taken on the perfect Cornish holiday. When glamorous American cousins unexpectedly swell the party, however, emotions run high and events spiral out of control. Though he has been brought up in the forbidding shadow of the prison his father runs, though his parents are neither as normal nor as happy as he supposes, Julian's world view is the sunnily selfish, accepting one of boyhood. It is only when he becomes a man - seemingly at ease with love, with his sexuality, with his ghosts - that the traumatic effects of that distant summer rise up to challenge his defiant assertion that he is happy and always has been.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

Beautifully written and deeply compassionate, Rough Music is a novel of one family at two defining points in time. Seamlessly alternating between the present day and a summer thirty years past, its twin stories unfold at a cottage along the eastern coast of England.

Will Pagett receives an unexpected gift on his fortieth birthday, two weeks at a perfect beach house in Cornwall. Seeking some distance from the married man with whom he's having an affair, he invites his aging mother and father to share his holiday, knowing the sun and sea will be a welcome change for. But the cottage and the stretch of sand before it seem somehow familiar and memories of a summer long ago begin to surface.

Thirty-two years earlier. A young married couple and their eight year-old son begin two idyllic weeks at a beach house in Cornwall. But the sudden arrival of unknown American relatives has devastating consequences, turning what was to be a moment of reconciliation into an act of betrayal that will cast a lengthy shadow.

As Patrick Gale masterfully unspools these parallel stories, we see their subtle and surprising reflections in each other and discover how the forgotten dramas of childhood are reenacted throughout our lives.

Deftly navigating the terrain between humor and tragedy, Patrick Gale has written an unforgettable novel about the lies that adults tell and the small acts of treason that children can commit. Rough Music gracefully illuminates the merciful tricks of memory and the courage with which we continue to assert our belief in love and happiness.

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.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Patrick Gale
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2009)
ISBN 10: 0007307675 ISBN 13: 9780007307678
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A gripping and unnerving story of a family s secrets and lies, from the bestselling author of `Notes from an Exhibition and `A Perfectly Good Man . Julian as a small boy is taken on the perfect Cornish holiday. When glamorous American cousins unexpectedly swell the party, however, emotions run high and events spiral out of control. Though he has been brought up in the forbidding shadow of the prison his father runs, though his parents are neither as normal nor as happy as he supposes, Julian s world view is the sunnily selfish, accepting one of boyhood. It is only when he becomes a man - seemingly at ease with love, with his sexuality, with his ghosts - that the traumatic effects of that distant summer rise up to challenge his defiant assertion that he is happy and always has been. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780007307678

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Patrick Gale
Published by Harper Perennial 2009-05-14 (2009)
ISBN 10: 0007307675 ISBN 13: 9780007307678
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial 2009-05-14, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-00535877

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Patrick Gale
Published by Harper Perennial 2009-05-14 (2009)
ISBN 10: 0007307675 ISBN 13: 9780007307678
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial 2009-05-14, 2009. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-HCL-00016072

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Patrick Gale
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2009)
ISBN 10: 0007307675 ISBN 13: 9780007307678
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A gripping and unnerving story of a family s secrets and lies, from the bestselling author of `Notes from an Exhibition and `A Perfectly Good Man . Julian as a small boy is taken on the perfect Cornish holiday. When glamorous American cousins unexpectedly swell the party, however, emotions run high and events spiral out of control. Though he has been brought up in the forbidding shadow of the prison his father runs, though his parents are neither as normal nor as happy as he supposes, Julian s world view is the sunnily selfish, accepting one of boyhood. It is only when he becomes a man - seemingly at ease with love, with his sexuality, with his ghosts - that the traumatic effects of that distant summer rise up to challenge his defiant assertion that he is happy and always has been. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780007307678

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.41
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Patrick Gale
Published by Harper Perennial (2009)
ISBN 10: 0007307675 ISBN 13: 9780007307678
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2009. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # EH9780007307678

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.67
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Patrick Gale
Published by Harper Perennial (2009)
ISBN 10: 0007307675 ISBN 13: 9780007307678
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2009. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # GH9780007307678

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.67
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Patrick Gale
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0007307675 ISBN 13: 9780007307678
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Rough Music, Patrick Gale, A gripping and unnerving story of a family's secrets and lies, from the bestselling author of 'Notes from an Exhibition' and 'A Perfectly Good Man'. Julian as a small boy is taken on the perfect Cornish holiday. When glamorous American cousins unexpectedly swell the party, however, emotions run high and events spiral out of control. Though he has been brought up in the forbidding shadow of the prison his father runs, though his parents are neither as normal nor as happy as he supposes, Julian's world view is the sunnily selfish, accepting one of boyhood. It is only when he becomes a man - seemingly at ease with love, with his sexuality, with his ghosts - that the traumatic effects of that distant summer rise up to challenge his defiant assertion that he is happy and always has been. Bookseller Inventory # B9780007307678

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Patrick Gale
ISBN 10: 0007307675 ISBN 13: 9780007307678
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST0007307675. Bookseller Inventory # ST0007307675

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
13.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Gale, Patrick
Published by HarperCollins Publishers (2009)
ISBN 10: 0007307675 ISBN 13: 9780007307678
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2009. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # FC-9780007307678

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 9
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Patrick Gale
Published by HarperCollins Publishers 2009-05-14, London (2009)
ISBN 10: 0007307675 ISBN 13: 9780007307678
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers 2009-05-14, London, 2009. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780007307678

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book