Patrick Gale’s bestselling Notes From an Exhibition is a hard act to follow but he gives it his best shot in The Whole Day Through. At 45 Laura Lewis has abandoned her life in Paris to care for her elderly mother in Winchester. There she accidentally bumps into Ben Patterson, the love of her student days. He’s married now but following his mother’s death has moved home to look after his brother Bobby, who has Down’s Syndrome. Laura and Ben are quickly drawn back into a passionate love affair but are they brave enough to seize their second chance of happiness? Poignant and acutely observed.

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