Patrick Gale, author of the Richard and Judy book club bestseller Notes from an Exhibition, has a new novel A Perfectly Good Man which he describes as a ‘companion novel’ to his previous work.
Set in the same area of Cornwall, A Perfectly Good Man hold many similarities with Notes, including a few character cross-overs and narrative structure, but is also a beautiful and distinct novel in its own right.
Released at the beginning of March, the book has getting rave reviews across the broadsheets with Julie Myerson describing it in the Guardian as ‘a novel which managed to upset and uplift me in equal measure, and which kept me company – and kept me guessing – right through to its slightly bitter and heartfelt end.’
Salley Vickers in the Observer said: ‘he is skilled at creating intimacy between a character and the reader. By the end of the novel, we feel we really know Barnaby, warts and all, and his wife and children, and our sympathies for them are not unlike our sympathies for ourselves leading our own imperfect lives.’
To listen to Patrick reading from his new novel, use the soundcloud player below