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Take Nothing With You

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'Absolutely one of his best - a wonderful, wonderful read' Stephen Fry

'Funny and heartfelt' Spectator

From the
bestselling author of A PLACE CALLED WINTER comes a compassionate, compelling new novel of boyhood, coming of age, and the confusions of desire and reality.

'An incredibly beautiful story told with compassion. Nothing is wasted. Each sentence is beautifully crafted' Joanna Cannon

1970s Weston-Super-Mare and ten-year-old oddball Eustace, an only child, has life transformed by his mother's quixotic decision to sign him up for cello lessons. Music-making brings release for a boy who is discovering he is an emotional volcano. He laps up lessons from his young teacher, not noticing how her brand of glamour is casting a damaging spell over his frustrated and controlling mother.

When he is enrolled in holiday courses in the Scottish borders, lessons in love, rejection and humility are added to daily practice.

Drawing in part on his own boyhood, Patrick Gale's new novel explores a collision between childish hero worship and extremely messy adult love lives.

'It's delicious, it's dear, it's heart-breaking and very funny' Rachel Joyce

'Suffused with the joy and wisdom of Gale's mid-life reconnection with music' Guardian

'Gale is excellent on the hot, messy nature of self-discovery and sexual awakening' Daily Mail

'Generously optimistic. It shows how our past shapes us, but suggests that we can make something from the emotional burdens that we bear' Telegraph

What readers love about TAKE NOTHING WITH YOU:

'This is a beautifully written novel, simple to read but so humane and warm' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'As with all his books you feel you are reading about someone you know intimately such is his amazing characterisation. Read this book and feel totally fulfilled' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'This is a warming tale of a younger and later an old man overcoming adversity through his innate goodness, humour and optimism' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'Gale is a wonderful writer. His description of the Schubert string quintet rehearsals perfectly described the slow movement. I'd been searching for that music for a few years. This story is brilliant on so many fronts' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'A very beautiful novel of love, friendship and the cello' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Safe in the arms of Patrick Gale's BEAUTIFUL writing again - I could weep with joy." - Joanna Cannon

"Absolutely one of his complete best. So many funny and tender and terrific scenes. He hovers between social comedy and apocalyptic tragedy without the move appearing artificial or contrived. Just a wonderful, wonderful read." - Stephen Fry

"Very well done indeed - brilliantly sustained." - Rachel Johnson

"A fascinating story, gripping, moving and exquisitely written, this is a wonderful gift of a book from one of the best writers working today." - S J Watson

"Sexy, joyous, funny and tender. I relished it." - Sarah Winman

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