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A Perfectly Good Man (Paperback)
  • A Perfectly Good Man (Paperback)

A Perfectly Good Man (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 24/05/2012
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The new novel from Patrick Gale, author of Richard & Judy-bestseller 'Notes from an Exhibition', returning readers to his beloved Cornish coastline. 'Do you need me to pray for you now for a specific reason?' 'I'm going to die.' 'We're all going to die. Does dying frighten you?' 'I mean I'm going to kill myself.' When 20-year-old Lenny Barnes, paralysed in a rugby accident, commits suicide in the presence of Barnaby Johnson, the much-loved priest of a West Cornwall parish, the tragedy's reverberations open up the fault-lines between Barnaby and his nearest and dearest - the gulfs of unspoken sadness that separate them all. Across this web of relations scuttles Barnaby's repellent nemesis - a man as wicked as his prey is virtuous. Returning us to the rugged Cornish landscape of 'Notes from an Exhibition', Patrick Gale lays bare the lives and the thoughts of a whole community and asks us: what does it mean to be good?

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007465088

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“Good choice”

This was our book club choice and I had not read any of Patrick Gale's other titles. I found that I could not put it down, although perhaps the plot wasn't entirely unpredictable. Definitely recommended.

Paperback edition
9th April 2013
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“Disappointing this time”

I have read quite a few of Mr Gale's books in the past and especially enjoyed Rough Music, thus have looked out for his new works regularly. This latest failed totally to hold my attention, the characters were... More

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22nd July 2012
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“A Perfectly Good Man”

This was my first taste of a Patrick Gale novel and while I didn’t find it a spectacular read, I did enjoy it enough that I will go on and read some of his other work.

What I particularly like about this offering was... More

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8th July 2012
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