Date: Wednesday 25th July 2012
Patrick Gale has written fourteen novels, the twelfth of which, Notes from an Exhibition (Fourth Estate), set in and around Penzance, won the Independent Booksellers’ Association Adult Book Prize in 2008 and was shortlisted for the British Book Awards: Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year. His latest novel, A Perfectly Good Man, set in and around Pendeen, was published to rave reviews by Fourth Estate in March 2012.
Of his other novels, Rough Music, A Sweet Obscurity and Friendly Fire are beginning to win him a European following thanks to successful translations into French and Dutch. His thirteenth novel, The Whole Day Through was a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and a Sainsbury’s Book Club selection. Patrick also writes short stories, and 2009 saw the publication of Gentleman’s Relish, his second collection.
He was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962, raised in Winchester and educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He now lives on his husband’s farm at Land’s End in Cornwall. As well as writing fiction, he regularly teaches creative writing courses. He is a keen musician, playing the ‘cello in the Belerion Consort, the Tartini Ensemble and the Penzance Orchestral Society. He is a dog lover, a keen cook and an obsessive gardener.
To find out more about Patrick and his novels, visit www.galewarning.org. You can also find him on Facebook, where there are also pages devoted to A Perfectly Good Man and Patrick Gale Writing Courses. If you tweet and want to follow him, Patrick’s Twitter tag is @PNovelistGale.
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