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    • ISBN:9781472255464
    • Publication date:26 Jul 2018

A Sweet Obscurity

By Patrick Gale

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'Gale's talent is undeniable' Guardian

'Intriguing and impressive. A memorable study of a child forced cruelly, even tragically, to grow up too soon' Sunday Times

Since her mother's death, nine year old Dido has been living with her eccentric aunt, acting as peacekeeper between Eliza, her estranged husband Giles and his girlfriend. They are each cruelly burdened in different ways. Chance draws them down to Cornwall, where a country idyll offers to lighten their urban cares. Eliza falls in love with local farmer, Pearce, an event that causes the four adults to re-assess their lives, with some painful and unforeseen consequences for adults and child alike.

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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, 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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  • ISBN: 9781472255457
  • Publication date: 05 Jan 2018
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  • Imprint: Tinder Press
Intriguing and impressive. A memorable study of a child forced cruelly, even tragically, to grow up too soon — Sunday Times
Flawless — TLS
A rich comedy of sexual and familial confusions...a rare and welcome fictional voice — The Times
It amuses, startles and occasionally bewilders. A Sweet Obscurity is worth every minute of your time — Independent
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