In his first two novels (The Aerodynamics of Pork and Ease) Patrick Gale proved himself a novelist with the enviable ability to project himself almost imperceptible distances into the immediate future and create a glorious fantasy. The lowering of the age of consent for male homosexuals which brings Pork to such a joyous and triumphant conclusion, for example, is an event in itself improbable but totally appropriate within the context of Gale’s fictional world.

Plotting, characterization and dialogue quicken the reader’s pace, just as the delicacy of the unfolding love quickens the heart.

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