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Patrick Gale

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Patrick Gale is a British author who lives in Cornwall. His father was the prison governor of Camp Hill Prison on the Isle of Wight when Gale was born, and he was brought up in and around prisons.

Gale was educated at The Pilgrims' School, the choir college for both Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College, then at Winchester College and at New College, Oxford. Following university he had a range of jobs while he sang for the London Philharmonic Choir and wrote his first novel, The Aerodynamics of Pork while working as a waiter in an all-night restaurant.

Genres: Historical, Literary Fiction, General Fiction
Non fiction
The Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year Best Book nominee (2008) : Notes from an Exhibition
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2015) : A Place Called Winter
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2016) : A Place Called Winter

Patrick Gale recommends
The Crash of Hennington (2003)
Patrick Ness
"I can't remember reading a novel in such a compulsive, leave-me-in-peace way since Tales from the City. More please!"
Diamond Star Halo (2010)
Tiffany Murray
"Made me smile and feel that life had just become several degrees more enchanting."
See What I Have Done (2017)
Sarah Schmidt
"See What I Have Done held me in its sweaty grasp to the very last pages... as deftly destabilising as the best of Margaret Atwood."
Tin Man (2017)
Sarah Winman
"Tin Man is Winman's best novel yet. The playful subversiveness still bubbles away but there's a new candour there, an acceptance of needs and flaws that proves deeply touching. This is storytelling as cruelly kind as fate itself."
Last Ones Left Alive (2019)
Sarah Davis-Goff
"I will be cursing Last Ones Left Alive for seriously troubling dreams for weeks to come."
Hamnet (2020)
Maggie O'Farrell
"Heartstopping. Hamnet does for the Shakespeare story what Jean Rhys did for Jane Eyre, inhabiting, enlarging and enriching it in ways that will alter the reader's view for ever."
The Lip (2021)
Charlie Carroll
"This unsparing debut novel portrays the unromantic side of Cornwall few visitors see and which so many novelists choose to overlook. Charlie Carroll inhabits his damaged heroine so completely, and with so little trace of first-novel-ego that I can't wait to see what he writes next; I suspect his publishers have backed a winner."
Everyone is Still Alive (2021)
Cathy Rentzenbrink
"An anti-romantic comedy of Lego and disenchantment, shot through with clear-eyed compassion . . . I devoured it."
The Key in the Lock (2022)
Beth Underdown
"The Key in the Lock will enthral fans of The Witchfinder's Sister. A brooding Cornish tale of a grieving mother obsessively unpicking the lies around the death of the child of the man she secretly loves, it'll also recruit fans of Du Maurier & Waters."
Twelve Months and a Day (2022)
Louisa Young
"A skilfully calibrated love-after-death tale, it's a four course feast of hearts broken, hearts mended, of songs, laughter, old regrets and fresh desire, that demands a major film deal."

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