Gale, Patrick Tree Surgery for Beginners

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A vivid and compelling portrait of a man at odds with himself; and an extended family of friends and lovers trying to take its proper shape.

Lawrence Frost has neither father nor siblings, and fits so awkwardly into his worldly mother’s life he might have dropped from the sky. Like many such heroes, he grows up happier with plants than people. While he is straightforward, honest, and a doting dad, he can be a difficult, taciturn husband – but he’s the last person one would suspect of being a killer.

Waking one morning to find himself branded a wife-beater and under suspicion of murder, his small world falls apart as he loses wife, daughter, liberty, livelihood and, almost, his mind.

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‘In this very fine novel Patrick Gale proves, yet again, that he is both an exceptionally acute observer of human nature and a storyteller of the first order.’ Barbara Gowdy

‘The book is one of his best: a fluently constructed narrative underpinned by excellent characterisation. Running through it all is the theme of redemption; and the hero's journey from despair to hope makes a stirring odyssey for the reader.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Gale’s energetic novel is a carnival of events in which credible characters find themselves in incredible situations.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Gale is at his most insightful in his descriptions of character, both of individuals and of the Frost family as a whole. Tree Surgery for Beginners’ is a comic thriller in which “family tree” takes on new meanings.’ Observer

‘This is vintage Patrick Gale – witty, funny, poignant, and utterly absorbing.’ Patricia Duncker

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FAMILIES, LIKE PLANTS, GROW MOST STRONGLY WHERE YOU CUT THEM

As befits the hero of a modern fairy tale, Lawrence Frost has neither father nor siblings, and fits so awkwardly into his worldly mother’s life, he might have dropped from the sky. A true misfit, he grows up happier communing with nature than with people. Whilst he is straightforward, honest and a doting dad, he can be a difficult taciturn husband – but he’s the last person one would suspect of being a killer… Then he wakes in the woods one morning to find himself branded a wife-beater and under investigation for murder. Suddenly, his small world falls apart as he loses wife, daughter, liberty, livelihood and, almost, his mind.

In late Shakespeare he would be banished or shipwrecked. This being mid period Gale, he is sent on the holiday from hell. Bereft and confused, he undergoes a journey of penance and self discovery across the Atlantic to the Caribbean where a passionate liaison with a living legend throws his life into further chaos. Meanwhile the exasperated women in his life – mother, wife and enigmatic mistress – are forced to accept that their lives must feel the gardener’s blade if they are to bloom afresh. Seeking sanctuary at an alternative therapy centre among the giant redwoods of northern California, Lawrence finally stumbles on a possibility of happiness, but not before chance encounters and long hidden secrets have conspired to unearth the deeply buried roots of his misfortune.

With a bold mix of tragicomedy, harsh truth and sublime fantasy, Patrick Gale has created a 'Winter’s Tale' for the millennium – a vivid and compelling portrait of a man at odds with himself and an extended family of friends and lovers trying to take its proper shape.

“Gale is an elegant and witty writer with an engagingly bizarre imagination.”
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“Gale’s blend of artifice and realism is not quite like anybody else’s.”
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“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.”
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