The celebrated British Novelist Patrick Gale will making his Canberra debut, reading at the National Library at 6pm on September 3rd, as part of his Australian Reading Tour. He will be promoting his new book; “A Perfectly Good Man.” Patrick has a world wide following of fans, and his books will appeal to anyone with a taste for lyrical intelligent writing.
At his best, Gale is an effortlessly elastic storyteller, a writer with heart, soul, and a dark and naughty wit, one whose company you relish and trust. In fact you feel you would believe anything he told you – and if I have a small complaint, it’s that he sometimes doesn’t quite seem to realise it, doesn’t trust in his own genuine power. Now and then he writes a little too hard, too carefully or too deliberately. Relax, you want to tell him. Trust yourself, because we do. Do less, because what you do is already so effective. But it’s a minor quibble in a novel which managed to upset and uplift me in equal measure, and which kept me company – and kept me guessing – right through to its slightly bitter and heartfelt end.
More information can be found at Patrick’s Website.
(Ok, I’ll admit it, Patrick is a mate of mine.)