FEATURED AUTHOR

Patrick Gale

Patrick was born on 31 January 1962 on the Isle of Wight, where his father was prison governor at Camp Hill, as his grandfather had been at nearby Parkhurst. He was the youngest of four – one sister, two brothers, spread over ten years.

The family moved to London, where his father ran Wandsworth Prison, then to Winchester. At eight Patrick began boarding as a Winchester College Quirister at the cathedral choir school, Pilgrim’s. At thirteen he went on to Winchester College. He finished his formal education with an English degree from New College, Oxford in 1983.

He has never had a grown-up job. For three years he lived at a succession of addresses, from a Notting Hill bedsit to a crumbling French chateau. While working on his first novels he eked out his slender income with odd jobs; as a typist, a singing waiter, a designer’s secretary, a ghost-writer for an encyclopedia of the musical and, increasingly, as a book reviewer.

Books By Patrick Gale

Take Nothing With You

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£8.99

A Place Called Winter

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£8.99

A Perfectly Good Man

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99

The Whole Day Through

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99

Three Decades of Stories

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£10.99

How To Write A Book in your Lunch Hour:

Fiction with Patrick Gale

As part of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020 Sessions, join Kate Clanchy and Patrick Gale as they discuss how to write fiction during our online event ‘How To Write A Book in your Lunch Hour’.

Books By Patrick Gale

Notes from an Exhibition

Patrick Gale
Hardcover
£8.99

Friendly Fire

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99

A Sweet Obscurity

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99

Rough Music

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99

Outlines: Armistead Maupin

Patrick Gale
Hardcover

His first two novels, The Aerodynamics of Pork and Ease were published by Abacus on the same day in June 1986.
The following year he moved to Camelford near the north coast of Cornwall and began a love affair with the county that has fed his work ever since.

He now lives in the far west, on a farm near Land’s End with his husband, Aidan Hicks. There they raise beef cattle and grow barley. Patrick is obsessed with the garden they have created in what must be one of England’s windiest sites and which includes England’s westernmost walled rose garden, and he deeply resents the time his writing makes him spend away from working in it.

As well as gardening, he plays both the modern and baroque cello. He chairs the North Cornwall Book Festival, patron of Penzance LitFest and a director of both Endelienta and the Charles Causley Trust. His chief extravagance in life is opera tickets.

Tree Surgery for Beginners

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99

The Facts of Life

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99

The Cat Sanctuary

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99

Little Bits of Baby

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99

Facing the Tank

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99

Kansas in August

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99

Ease

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99

The Aerodynamics of Pork

Patrick Gale
Paperback
£9.99