From the author of the bestselling NOTES FROM AN EXHIBITION comes an irresistible, searching and poignant historical novel of love, relationships, secrets and escape.Picked for the BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Book Club
To find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything.
A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence - until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest cost him everything.
Forced to abandon his wife and child, Harry signs up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies. Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. And yet it is here, isolated in a seemingly harsh landscape, under the threat of war, madness and an evil man of undeniable magnetism that the fight for survival will reveal in Harry an inner strength and capacity for love beyond anything he has ever known before.
In this exquisite journey of self-discovery, loosely based on a real life family mystery, Patrick Gale has created an epic, intimate human drama, both brutal and breathtaking. It is a novel of secrets, sexuality and, ultimately, of great love.A writer with heart, soul, and a dark and naughty wit, one whose company you relish and trust - ObserverWhat Gale does so well is to delineate the unpremeditated consequences of actions...The final chapter left me with a lump in my throat - GuardianLate at night on the day a new Patrick Gale arrives I am always to be found crouching on the icy bathroom floor, banished from the bedroom for keeping my husband awake, feverishly turning the pages - SpectatorA master storyteller. Quite simply, you believe every word he tells you - Independent on SundayPatrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester before going to Oxford University. He now lives on a farm near Land's End. One of this country's best-loved novelists, his most recent works are A Perfectly Good Man, The Whole Day Through and the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition.From the author of the bestselling NOTES FROM AN EXHIBITION comes an irresistible, searching and poignant historical novel of love, relationships, secrets and escape.A bold departure from his previous novels, this is a searching, personal historical novel based on a true story in Patrick Gale's own family historyStamped with his unerring eye for the psychology and nuances of relationships, this novel has the hallmark characteristics of the bestselling NOTES FROM AN EXHIBITION and ROUGH MUSIC yet an entirely new setting and storyThis is a big, epic novel comparable to COLD MOUNTAIN and THE INVENTION OF WINGS the themes of the book also resonate with early Australian fiction.From Cornwall to Canada, this is a novel that will appeal to existing fans of Patrick Gale's writing all over the world, and is sure to attract new readers.Previous title: NOTES FROM AN EXHIBITION (9780007254668, HarperCollins) 5931 on Aus Bookscan