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Take Nothing With You: A richly absorbing novel of boyhood, coming of age, confusion and desire

Patrick Gale

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

'Absolutely one of his complete best' Stephen Fry - a stunning, compassionate and mesmerising novel from the author of the Costa Shortlisted A PLACE CALLED WINTER

'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' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Praise for Take Nothing With You: A richly absorbing novel of boyhood, coming of age, confusion and desire

  • He hovers between social comedy and apocalyptic tragedy without the move appearing artificial or contrived. Just a wonderful, wonderful read - Stephen Fry

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

  • Joyous and full of light. I gobbled the whole lot in one go. He is a beautiful and empathetic writer. - Cathy Rentzenbrink

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

  • 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

  • A mesmerising storyteller - The Times

  • A writer with heart, soul, and a dark and naughty wit, one whose company you relish and trust - Observer

  • What Gale does so well is to delineate the unpremeditated consequences of actions...The final chapter left me with a lump in my throat - Guardian

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Patrick Gale reads from A Place Called Winter

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Patrick Gale

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 Mother's Boy. 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.

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