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Comment by:
Jonina

Location:
Iceland

I read Notes from an Exhibition last year, and absolutely loved it. So, coming upon a display of Patrick Gale books in a bookshop in Reykjavik recently was like finding a treasure. I bought several books and started reading right there in the bookshop's café. Oh, what fun lies ahead!

Posted on 02 Nov 2009 06:36 pm

Comment by:
Julie Burchill

Location:
Tenerife

Am on holiday drinking dodgy blue cocktails and reading GENTLEMAN´S RELISH. Is first PG book I´ve read. Overcome with admiration!

Posted on 19 Oct 2009 02:52 pm

Comment by:
Jamie

Location:
Yorkshire

I was lucky enough to hear Patrick reading and answering questions at the Ilkley Literature Festival on Saturday and I would urge anyone else who gets the chance to experience this to snap it up!

Patrick was absolutely charming - witty, honest, courteous, open and inspiring. A real pleasure to meet him and get an insight into how he approaches his writing. My only complaint was that we only had an hour with him! I hope he comes back in the future!

Posted on 13 Oct 2009 07:18 pm

Comment by:
Gavin Macgregor

Location:
Manchester/London

Hi

I've just finished reading A Whole Day Through which I thoroughly enjoyed. I've been working to improve recognition and support for people looking after older and disabled family members and I thought you brought a huge amount of humanity to these relationships in your book.

Nice bit at the back about the need to improve support for carers too.

Posted on 13 Oct 2009 02:21 pm

Comment by:
Lisa Perri

Location:
Australia

Patrick,

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="http://www.youtube.com/user/danielaperri" target="_blank">www.youtube.com/user/danielaperri</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

Location:
Normandy, France

Hi,

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

Comment by:
Julie

Location:
Appledore

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

Location:
Penwith

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).
Tricia

Posted on 28 Sep 2009 06:48 pm

Comment by:
Geert Veldeman

Location:
Belgium

'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

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