Welcome to the website of Patrick Gale, author of the new BBC drama, Man in an Orange Shirt and of novels including A Perfectly Good Man, The Whole Day Through, the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition and his latest, the Costa nominated A Place Called Winter.



Patrick’s bittersweet next novel, Take Nothing With You, will be published on August 21st and full details of it will be revealed later in the year.

Meanwhile Tinder Press has rather brilliantly acquired his backlist of titles covering the three decades of his career and will be reissuing them in all formats over the months before that new novel arrives in the shops. Patrick’s long-lost cousin, Patrick Insole, has done a beautiful job of redesigning them both to appeal to new readers and to encourage existing fans to read them all over again. Audio versions, read by Patrick, are planned as well. It’s going to be a full and happy year!


A Place Called Winter

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. It is a novel of secrets, sexuality and, ultimately, of great love.


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