Author Advent 18: Patrick Gale

"One of my favourite books this year was definitely Dancing Backwards, the latest novel by Salley Vickers. In summary this doesn’t sound especially promising – middle aged widowed poet catches transatlantic liner for New York and takes some flirtatious ballroom dancing classes en route – but there’s a terrific pungency to the scenes in which the reasons for the heroine’s impulsive cruise, a long ago marriage to a control freak and an unrequited affair with his best friend, are slowly revealed. The other novel that will continue to haunt me for much of 2010 was Colm Toibin’s masterly minor key romance, Brooklyn, where he once again demonstrates the fine art of portraying passionate emotions in quiet language."

Patrick Gale
The Whole Day Through


Each day until December 24th an author featured at TVFH over the last few years tells us of their favourite read of 2009 in our Author Advent. You'll have to provide your own chocolates and there's no little door to open, but you could try placing your hand over your eyes and then removing it again. Authors include the likes of Julian Barnes, Iain Banks, Paul Torday, Patrick Gale and Marina Lewycka. And for those of you who like lists, we'll list them all on December 29th.

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