Comment by:
Lisa Perri



You don't know me, but I feel I know you very well. My darling grandmother was that patient French landlady with an appreciation for literature that waited for her rent until your royalties came in - all those years ago.
I'm writing to let you know that she passed away on 26th July this year, still running the house until the last moments. She had a very interesting story to tell - I'm not sure if she ever told it to you - We've done a small tribute. <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

My grandparents romance was a real "coup de foudre" as the French say - and Edith Piaf's famous love song "La Vie en Rose" had a special significance for them as she wrote it in the year they emigrated to England from France in order to be together. My grandfather was the local Catholic Priest and in the French Resistance and like Piaf helped many in occupied France escape the Nazi's, They met and fell in love during the Occupation and they adored one another. Now they are finally reunited again in Gunnesbury Cemetary.

Best wishes
Lisa Perri, (Sydney Australia)

Posted on 03 Oct 2009 01:24 am

Comment by:
Simon Hobson

Normandy, France


I have just discovered David Gale through "Notes from an Exhibition" and was blown away. Extremely well written and totally absorbing. The book was left lying around and the book, read in a 2.5 hectare "Jardin d'Art et Essai" with the Impressionist light so special to Normandy, have made it a perfect experience. Rachel would have adored the light here too!

Posted on 30 Sep 2009 09:40 am

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Patrick, I'd just like to say how much I enjoyed your talk at the Appledore Book Festival on Saturday. It was great to hear your readings, but also to have a little insight into your writing, your ideas and your future publications. A very enjoyable experience. Thank you.

Posted on 29 Sep 2009 09:49 pm

Comment by:
Tricia Kings


Thank you for your recommendation of Naguib Mahfouz (St Ives Lib readers' day). I found him last week in a rambly bookshop in Provincetown (travel name-dropping)and am now deep in Palace Walk (travelling again).

Posted on 28 Sep 2009 06:48 pm

Comment by:
Geert Veldeman


'The NEXT Day Through' a sequel
Dear Patrick,
Novel endings should be 'happy', 'unhappy' or 'open' as in real life, indeed.
However, after having read 'The Whole Day Through', I admit that I went through those extra info pages looking for any hints about a sequel coming up to this book...
I would like one; are you considering it ? ;-)

Posted on 24 Sep 2009 12:54 pm

Comment by:
Saffia Farr


Dear Patrick

Thank you so much for writing Notes from an Exhibition. I loved it. I was utterly absorbed. I read it for a book club started with a group of local friends. Our first meeting was on Thursday and Notes was our first book. It was a good start. I will be reading more. If you are at all curious what our book club thought, you can read a reveiw on my blog

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Thank you for a great book. Saffia

Posted on 19 Sep 2009 10:17 pm

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SW England

It was a real ending just like what happens in real life. I felt far more sorry for Laura who was such a believable character and rather let down by Ben for mucking her around again. Bobby settling down with his bloke was brilliant. A triumph of a book that moved me at many different levels.

Posted on 18 Sep 2009 05:56 pm

Comment by:
steve g


Well, I loved the ending. Typically Gale-real.

Posted on 18 Sep 2009 04:45 am

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Dear Patrick,as you see I have finally succumbed to progress-the Laptop.
Thank you so much for 'The Whole Day Through';as I recently lost my dear mother the character of Laura seemed very close,a someone I immediately related too:and the love factor.
How profound your understanding of love has become,one can see a definite progression and deep routed emotional involvement from book to book, and here I can see all the triumphs and spoils,trials and tribulations of that love expressed by someone who has experienced similar depths of emotion.
I have felt truely close to the involvements of the characters and feel exhausted by their rigeurs.Thank you Patrick so much for enlightening my life by this marvellous tome. warmest regards John

Posted on 16 Sep 2009 11:48 pm

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