The Book Group: Meet Patrick Gale

Date: 14 May 2019

Time: 1930-2100

Price: £7.50

This month, we’re taking the Book Group to the Nutshell where we’ll be welcoming Patrick Gale to join us and talk about his work.

Patrick will be reading from his latest novel, “Take Nothing With You”.

Patrick is the author of the Emmy award-winning BBC drama, Man in an Orange Shirt and of novels including The Whole Day Through, the Richard and Judy bestsellers Notes From An Exhibition and A Perfectly Good Man and the Costa nominated A Place Called Winter.

Patrick has recommended we discuss “Take Nothing With You” in our June Book Group.

Photo Credit: Markus Bidaux


About ‘Take Nothing With You’

Leaving your childhood behind is easier said than done…

Take Nothing With You is a sad-funny comedy of resilience and survival. Fifty-something Eustace, a gay Londoner of leisure, realises in the same week that he has fallen hopelessly in love with a man he has yet to meet in the flesh, and that he has cancer of the thyroid. While being given radioactive iodine therapy, which involves spending a little over 24 hours in a lead-lined hospital suite wearing only disposable clothes and with no possessions he doesn’t mind leaving behind, he listens to hour on hour of cello music recorded for him by his best mate, Naomi. This sets his memories circling back to the 1970s and his eccentric boyhood and adolescence in his parents’ old people’s home in Weston-Super-Mare, and how his life was transfigured and his family’s stability shattered, by the decision to attend a recital by the glamorous cellist, Carla Gold.

His fourth Sunday Times bestseller, Patrick’s sixteenth novel is at once a very modern look at sexuality and intimate betrayal and a subversive homage to the novels of Noel Streatfeild and L P Hartley. It came about because he was called upon to visit Weston-Super-Mare to read in the library there and was struck by what a strange and melancholy place it would be to grow up in, but it rapidly developed into a nostalgic examination of his boyhood experience of the transformative powers of music, at the hands of inspiring teachers and in particular through holiday courses he attended at the International Cello Centre run by the late, great, Jane Cowan.

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