The Cat Sanctuary
By Patrick Gale
'A powerful and moving novel' Independent on Sunday
'Engrossing . . . Gale is a charmingly idiosyncratic writer who could not write a cliché if he tried' Daily Telegraph
Judith shares her life with her partner Joanna on the lonely wilds of Bodmin Moor, far from the memories and trauma of her childhood. But when Judith's sister, Deborah, is tragically widowed, the women agree to meet. And what is intended to be a harmonious reunion turns into an entanglement of resentment, jealousy and desire, as aspects of the past force themselves into an uneasy present, with some surprising results.
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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13 Dec 2018
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Engrossing . . . Gale is a charmingly idiosyncratic writer who could not write a cliché if he tried — Daily Telegraph
[Gale] writes about difficult emotions with delicacy, perception and a rare ferocious charm — Guardian
Marvellously entertaining . . . there is a compelling sense of biting deep into the core of a bitter truth — Cosmopolitan
A powerful and moving novel — Independent on Sunday