Gripping and rich with emotional insight and intelligence, Patrick Gale's 'Cornish novel' , ROUGH MUSIC is a beautiful portrait of a marriage.
Truly compelling and rich with emotional insight , Patrick Gale's Cornish novel, ROUGH MUSIC is a beautiful story of a marriage and the secrets a family holds.
'Sparkling with emotional intelligence. A gripping portrait of a marriage and the quiet, devastating fall-out of family life' Independent
Julian is a contented if naive only child, and a holiday on the coast of North Cornwall should be perfect, especially when distant American cousins join the party. But their arrival brings upheaval and unexpected turmoil.
It is only as a seemingly well-adjusted adult that Julian is able to reflect on the realities of his parents' marriage, and to recognise that the happy, cheerful boyhood he thought was his is infused with secrets, loss and the memory of betrayals that have shaped his life.
Sparkling with emotional intelligence. A gripping portrait of a marriage and quiet, devastating fall-out of family life - Independent
Like the sea he describes so well, Patrick Gale's clear, unforced prose sucks one in effortlessly...he is excellent at the telling detail and description - Daily Mail
Excellent - there are no false notes in this book - Marie Claire
An astute, sensitive and at times tragically uncomfortable meditation on sex, lies and family. A real craftsman, a master storyteller. Quite simply, you believe every word he tells you - Independent on Sunday
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.