Take Nothing With You (Hardback)Patrick Gale (author)
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From Patrick Gale, the bestselling author of A Place Called Winter comes a new novel of boyhood, coming of age, and the confusions of desire and reality.
1970s Weston-Super-Mare and ten-year-old oddball Eustace, an only child, has life transformed by his mother's quixotic decision to sign him up for cello lessons. Music-making brings release for a boy who is discovering he is an emotional volcano. He laps up lessons from his young teacher, not noticing how her brand of glamour is casting a damaging spell over his frustrated and controlling mother.
When he is enrolled in holiday courses in the Scottish borders, lessons in love, rejection and humility are added to daily practice.
Drawing in part on his own boyhood, Patrick Gale's new novel explores a collision between childish hero worship and extremely messy adult love lives.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 582 g
Dimensions: 239 x 160 x 32 mm
'A novel that evokes the most precious of feelings, the feeling of falling, of not wanting things to end. Read it once, fast. Then again, savouring the story.' - The Daily Telegraph
'This warm and humane novel… is not only about love but also the value of art.' - The Sunday Times
'Absolutely one of his complete best. So many funny and tender and terrific scenes. He hovers between social comedy and apocalyptic tragedy without the move appearing artificial or contrived. Just a wonderful, wonderful read' - Stephen Fry
'Safe in the arms of Patrick Gale's beautiful writing again - I could weep with joy.' - Joanna Cannon
'Sexy, joyous, funny and tender. I relished it' - Sarah Winman
'Joyous and full of light. I only meant to read a chapter and I greedily gobbled down the whole lot in one go. He is a beautiful and empathetic writer.' - Cathy Rentzenbrink
'A fascinating story, gripping, moving and exquisitely written, this is a wonderful gift of a book from one of the best writers working today.' - SJ Watson
'Very well done indeed - brilliantly sustained' - Rachel Johnson
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A new Patrick Gale novel is always something I eagerly anticipate and his new novel links together a coming of age novel with a musical theme.
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Firstly, thank you very much to the lovely lady who sent me an advance review copy!
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