I shouldn't have been there. The mistress should not, as a rule, be present at the wife's funeral...
Mary is often mistaken for a spinster - a game spinster, but a spinster nonetheless. In fact, she's the long-term mistress of Tom Spellman, a well-known captain of industry. When Tom's wife dies, he's certain Mary will agree to marry him. After all, she and his son Josh get along terribly well, and it would make life really rather easy. But Mary isn't at all sure she wants to be anyone's wife; she likes her independence and is perfectly happy being a mistress. And so, she and Josh set out to find Tom a replacement.
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Patrick 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 Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition, the Costa-shortlisted A Place Called Winter and Take Nothing With You. His original BBC television drama, Man In An Orange Shirt, was shown to great acclaim in 2017 as part of the BBC's Queer Britannia series, leading viewers around the world to discover his novels.