Return to the world of ‘Notes From An Exhibition’…
Patrick Gale’s new novel ‘A Perfectly Good Man’ returns to the Cornish setting of his earlier bestseller ‘Notes From An Exhibition’ and catches up with some of the characters from its sister novel.
“Do you need me to pray for you now for a specific reason?”
“I’m going to die.”
“We’re all going to die. Does dying frighten you?”
“I mean I’m going to kill myself.”
When 20-year-old Lenny Barnes, paralysed in a rugby accident, commits suicide in the presence of Barnaby Johnson, the much-loved priest of a West Cornwall parish, the tragedy’s reverberations open up the fault-lines between Barnaby and his nearest and dearest. The personal stories of his wife, children and lover illuminate Barnaby’s ostensibly happy life, and the gulfs of unspoken sadness that separate them all. Across this web of relations scuttles Barnaby’s repellent nemesis – a man as wicked as his prey is virtuous.
Returning us to the rugged Cornish landscape of Notes from an Exhibition, Patrick Gale lays bare the lives and the thoughts of a whole community and asks us: what does it mean to be good?
To win a copy copy of ‘A Perfectly Good Man’ you need to answer the following question:
What is the title of A Perfectly Good Man’s sister novel?
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