A Perfectly Good Man
By Patrick Gale
A warm, humane Cornish novel from the bestselling author of NOTES FROM AN EXHIBITION and A PLACE CALLED WINTER
Devastatingly moving and full of psychological insight, A PERFECTLY GOOD MAN is a warm, humane Cornish novel from the bestselling author of A PLACE CALLED WINTER
'A convincing, moving account of man's struggle with faith, marriage and morality' Sunday Times
On a clear, crisp summer's day in Cornwall, a young man carefully prepares to take his own life, and asks family friend, John Barnaby, to pray with him. Barnaby - priest, husband and father - has always tried to do good, though life hasn't always been rosy. Lenny's request poses problems, not just for Barnaby, but for his wife and family, and the wider community, as the secrets of the past push themselves forcefully into the present for all to see.
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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05 Jan 2018
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A writer with heart, soul, and a dark and naughty wit, one whose company you relish and trust — Observer
This being Gale there's a compelling tale to be told . . . a convincing, moving account of man's struggle with faith, marriage and morality — Sunday Times
A thoughtful and moving novel about love, morality and faith. Marvellous — Mail on Sunday
A heartfelt, cleverly constructed read — Independent on Sunday
Beautifully written — The Times