Notes from an Exhibition
By Patrick Gale
A moving, intuitive novel of artistic compulsion, marriage, and the secrets left behind. 'This book is complete perfection' Stephen Fry
A bestselling 'Cornish' novel, NOTES FROM AN EXHIBITION is a moving, intuitive novel of artistic compulsion, marriage, and the secrets left behind. It was a Richard & Judy bestseller.
'Poised and pitch-perfect throughout' Mail on Sunday
Celebrated artist Rachel Kelly dies alone in her Penzance studio, after decades of struggling with the creative highs and devastating lows that have coloured her life. Her family gathers, each of them searching for answers. They reflect on lives shaped by the enigmatic Rachel - as artist, wife and mother - and on the ambiguous legacies she leaves them, of talent, torment and transcendent love.
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, and the Costa-shortlisted A Place Called Winter. 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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19 Apr 2018
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This book is complete perfection — Stephen Fry
Poised and pitch-perfect throughout — Mail on Sunday
Dense, thought-provoking, sensitive, satisfying, humorous, humane - a real treat — Daily Telegraph
As rich and inventive as we would expect from this brilliant author — Independent
An uplifting, immensely empathetic novel, and Gale's prose, as ever is as clear and bright as the Cornish light — Guardian