Book List in Order: 23 titles


  • 'One of the joys of Gale's writing is how even the smallest of characters can appear fully formed, due to a charming wickedness alongside deeper observations' Irish TimesLaura, an impoverished Cornish girl, meets her husband when they are both in ser...



  • With nationalism and the far right on the rise across Europe and North America, there has never been a more important moment to face up to what we, in Britain, are doing to those who seek sanctuary. Still the UK detains people indefinitely under immi...



  • THREE DECADES OF STORIES is a unique collection of Patrick Gale's two volumes of dark, moving, often witty and eccentric stories, GENTLEMAN'S RELISH and DANGEROUS PLEASURES. It also includes the acclaimed long story, CAESAR'S WIFE. Ranging from a lon...



  • 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 ...



  • Two deeply empathetic novels about families in crisis from an international bestselling British writer “with heart, soul, and a dark and a naughty wit” (The Observer).   Armistead Maupin says of Patrick Gale: “Few writers have grasped the twis...



  • Eleven electric stories of lost women, gay men, curious children, and nostalgic adults from the bestselling author of Notes from an Exhibition. A woman tries on a wig and it unlocks a side of herself she never knew existed. Visiting his old boarding ...



  • Eleven electric stories of lost women, gay men, curious children, and nostalgic adults from the bestselling author of Notes from an Exhibition. A woman tries on a wig and it unlocks a side of herself she never knew existed. Visiting his old boarding ...



  • THE AERODYNAMICS OF PORK is an irresistible novel of love, music and comedy - 'A master storyteller' Independent on Sunday 'Gale's concoction is irresistible: modern relationships with period charm' Armistead Maupin Seth, a musical prodi...



  • Bestselling British author Patrick Gale casts an empathetic and ferocious eye on the domestic wounds inflicted by families and lovers in this dark comedy.   One minute Deborah Curtis’s husband, Julian, is alive, a handsome figure leaving their ren...







  • Three generations of a British family struggle through war, intolerance, infidelity, and illness in this “extraordinary blockbuster” (Time Out London). In the Roundel, an odd, secluded, eight-sided house in the English countryside, Edward Pepper ...



  • A nine-year-old English girl must look after the dysfunctional adults in her life in this novel from the bestselling British author of Notes from an Exhibition   Everyone needs Dido. All the adults in her life—grown-ups who act like children—dep...



  • "Patrick Gale has written a book which manages to be both tender and epic, and carries the unmistakable tang of a true story. I loved it." -- Jojo Moyes A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every st...



  • The bestselling British novel about love, marriage, family, secrets, and how the power of faith can transform lives even in the midst of inconsolable loss   After being paralyzed in a rugby accident, twenty-year-old, wheelchair-bound Lenny Barnes fe...



  • Love—common and uncommon, vengeful and transformational—is the theme of this superb collection from the bestselling author of Notes from an Exhibition.   From subtle tales of domestic unease to a story featuring a caravan that transports three g...



  • This bestselling bittersweet story of love and second chances takes place over the course of a single summer day . . . or does it?   The only child of eccentric academics who never married, Laura Lewis was an undergrad at Oxford when she met Ben ...



  • Four siblings discover truths about their late mother, a troubled artist—and themselves—in this “uplifting, immensely empathetic novel” (The Guardian).   Gifted painter Rachel Kelly lived a life of manic highs and suicidal lows. Her husb...



  • Youthful beauty, intellectual brilliance, physical passion, tragedy and disgrace are all in this wonderful novel as told through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl. Sophie is a self-contained, exceptionally bright child who has no known parents and has s...



  • Beautifully written and deeply compassionate, Rough Music is a novel of one family at two defining points in time. Seamlessly alternating between the present day and a summer thirty years past, its twin stories unfold at a cottage along the eastern c...









  • An acutely observed story of a young man's journey of self-discovery and how the path of life can take one on many diverse routes. No one knew why Robin abandoned a brilliant university career to start a new life at an eccentric island monastery, but...



  • Bestselling author Patrick Gale’s quirky and hilarious novel of English country life is “a ridiculously crazy tour de force” (Publishers Weekly). The town of Barrowcester—pronounced “Brewster”—is English as can be. From its cozy little ...



  • A toe-tapping story of life and its wonderful and unexpected complexities. Hilary is a young, attractive teacher with aspirations to be a tap-dancer. Henry, his elder sister, is a crisp, professional psychologist. The unpredictable and unre...



  • A world-weary playwright takes on a fake name and a sleazy apartment—and learns to live again—in this charming novel from bestselling author Patrick Gale. Success came quick to Domina Tey. An award-winning playwright, Domina was famous before she...