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.
Ranging from a lonely prisoner governor’s wife, to a housewife desperate for a makeover; a father’s trip to his former school to a long-term mistress offered an unexpected marriage, this is a volume that highlights Patrick Gale’s skill of digging beneath the surface of relationships and exposing the often brutal mechanisms that drive them.
It also includes the acclaimed long story, CAESAR’S WIFE.
A stylish, thick-skinned publisher is thrown into confusion when the wealthy businessman who has long maintained her as his mistress is widowed. Now that he’s free to marry her, does she want to give up her independence? Or could she, perhaps, engage his gay son to help her find him a new wife?
In Caesar’s Wife, Patrick Gale deals with successful people. Mary, an efficacious editor, becomes the mistress of Tom, an enormously wealthy man. Tom’s wife dies and he wants the obvious. There are lots of intricate twists and turns and a new one on the ideal Social Services client. All are beautifully written and are to blame for one burnt dinner and two stood-up friends. Each has gay characters and each is set within a different social class. A great start to 1993.
Northern Star – Alan Keill-Griffin