Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester. He now lives on a farm near Land's End. His sixteen novels include The Whole Day Through, the Richard & Judy bestseller Notes From an Exhibition and his most recent, A Perfectly Good Man. You can find out more on his website www.galewarning.org.
`Dark, witty and often obliquely moving, these are tales of
difficult fathers and gay sons, of lonely wives and random or
deliberate acts of violence ... Gale is interested in power and the
lack of it and his stories pull the reader in unexpected ways,
offering worlds that are far from certain and where love or its
absence can never be predicted'
CAROL ANN DUFFY, Sunday Telegraph
'The short story form suits Gale's ability to zoom in on the
smallest nuances of a relationship'
KATE SAUNDERS, Times
'The stories confirm Gale's ability to exploit the short story
genre's capacity to deliver a caffeinated hit ... [they] showcase
his capacity for combining a light touch and a macabre sense of
humour with an understated strength of human feeling'
'Gale's writing is sharply evocative ...[he] writes with such
humanity and warmth in his novels that it comes as a surprise that
these short stories are told in a different, darker voice'
CARLA MCKAY, Daily Mail
'Gentleman's Relish is a hugely enjoyable collection which
proves that the short story is still very much alive ... Gale has a
distinctive sense of humour and it is not unusual for something
sinister to be lurking beneath the apparently unruffled and genteel
surface of his narrative ... the stories in Gentleman's Relish
adroitly utilise carefully observed details as the background to
events that cause the reader to give a delicious shudder of horror
at story's end'
PETER BURTON, Daily Express
'It provides further evidence of Gale's stylistic deftness,
insight and wonderfully eclectic range of interests ... Even as
rural life and perspectives dominate, other stories consistently
tease out fresh territory... worth every penny'
RICHARD CANNING, Independent
`Vivid, believable characters ... Gale has a light touch with
social commentary but the undertones are often menacing'
Times Literary Supplement