It is clearly my duty as a good citizen to bring this all-singing, all-dancing infant down a peg or two by rubbishing his latest novel. Well I wish I could, but I’m sorry to say that Kansas in August is not a book to be slammed, damned or panned. It is the work of an accomplished writer. I believe the correct critical term for the book is assured… Patrick Gale, on the strength of this modern, excellent and sympathetic novel, seems to me to be bound for greatness.

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