"Patrick Gale has written a book which manages to be both tender and epic, and carries the unmistakable tang of a true story. I loved it." Jojo Moyes
A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence - until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest cost him everything.
Forced to abandon his wife and child, Harry signs up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies. Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. And yet it is here, isolated in a seemingly harsh landscape, under the threat of war, madness and an evil man of undeniable magnetism that the fight for survival will reveal in Harry an inner strength and capacity for love beyond anything he has ever known before.
In this exquisite journey of self-discovery, loosely based on a real life family mystery, Patrick Gale has created an epic, intimate human drama, both brutal and breathtaking. This is a novel of secrets, sexuality and, ultimately, of great love.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.12(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester. He now lives on a farm near Land's End. He's a passionate gardener, cook, and cellist and chairs the North Cornwall Book Festival each October. His fifteen novels include A Perfectly Good Man and Notes From an Exhibition - both of which were Richard and Judy Bookclub selections, The Whole Day Through and Rough Music. His latest, A Place Called Winter, draws intriguingly on his family history. You can find out more on his website www.galewarning.org.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A touching story of our humanity .
This was one of the best love stories I have ever read. The characters are three-dimensional, believable and I was engaged in the story from the very beginning. Yes, it is entirely possible that someone does not know he is gay, especially in a time period where even talking about it could lead to jail time. This is the same time period as Oscar Wilde who DID go to jail. The ending nearly made me cry - I read it over and over while I was on vacation, embracing the hope and love that permeated the story.
This book was totally not what I was expecting. However, it was well written, although very slow at the start. Unfortunately, I can't say I really took a liking to most of the characters; therefore, it was a bit of a hard read for me.
Just bought this in paperback earlier this week. I love hisrorical fiction, but... 1. This is a story of a gay man. It was not believable to me. First, he was raised in all male schools, but did not figure out he was gay until a man touched his leg, married, and had a child! Good grief! The wife loved someone else but was good and faithful! 2. A scandal happens - when he gets caught, this do nothing, lazy, gentleman is off to Canada. No way would ths guy start working after 25 years of sitting around! Maybe if you are gay, you may understand this guy, but I think even if you are- you will just shake your head. No body can be this clueless. I would love to hear from another view point since I am an old lady married 46+ years and this did not register as reality. This may appeal to the gay community??