To celebrate the paperback release of Take Nothing With You – Bert’s Book of the Year 2018 – we’ve paired it with Patrick’s previous bestseller A Place Called Winter.
If you’ve never read any of Gale’s work – this is a brilliant place to start!
Take Nothing With You
From the bestselling author of A PLACE CALLED WINTER comes a compassionate, compelling new novel of boyhood, coming of age, and the confusions of desire and reality.
‘It’s delicious, it’s dear, it’s heart-breaking and very funny’ Rachel Joyce
‘An incredibly beautiful story told with compassion. Nothing is wasted. Each sentence is beautifully crafted’ Joanna Cannon
1970s Weston-Super-Mare and ten-year-old oddball Eustace, an only child, has life transformed by his mother’s quixotic decision to sign him up for cello lessons. Music-making brings release for a boy who is discovering he is an emotional volcano. He laps up lessons from his young teacher, not noticing how her brand of glamour is casting a damaging spell over his frustrated and controlling mother.
When he is enrolled in holiday courses in the Scottish borders, lessons in love, rejection and humility are added to daily practice. Drawing in part on his own boyhood, Patrick Gale’s new novel explores a collision between childish hero worship and extremely messy adult love lives.
A Place Called Winter
** Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2015 **
From the writer of BBC TV’s MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRT comes Sunday Times Top Ten hardback and paperback bestseller, A PLACE CALLED WINTER – picked for the BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club.
‘A mesmerising storyteller; this novel is written with intelligence and warmth’ The Times
To find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything. A shy but privileged elder son, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step.
Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence – until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest force him to abandon his wife and child and sign up for emigration to Canada. Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. And yet it is here, isolated in a seemingly harsh landscape, under the threat of war and madness that the fight for survival will reveal in Harry an inner strength and capacity for love beyond anything he has ever known before.