StoriesEleven electric stories of lost women, gay men, curious children, and nostalgic adults from the bestselling author of Notes from an Exhibition.
A woman tries on a wig and it unlocks a side of herself she never knew existed. Visiting his old boarding school, a man is nearly undone by memories of a romantic encounter with a former classmate. When she introduces her girlfriend to her family, a young woman is shocked by her mother’s all-too-welcoming reaction. These are the stories of Patrick Gale: loving and warm, familiar and surprising, and all crafted with the precise wit that has made him one of Britain’s most beloved authors of short fiction.
The eleven stories that make up Dangerous Pleasures reveal the hidden joys and buried agonies that lie behind our friends’ and neighbors’ happy smiles. Gale understands that the moments that can alter our lives forever come quietly, unexpectedly—as soft and innocuous as a platinum-blond wig.
The Sunday Times calls Gale’s short fiction “nattily subversive, sexually ambiguous, intelligent and disturbing.” More than anything, his prose displays an unerring sense of humanity, in every brilliant story, and every perfect line.
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“A master of short fiction . . . Wit and wisdom, metaphor and moment constantly combine to delight.” —Michael Arditti, The Times (London)
“Patrick Gale revels in absurd risks. . . . The prose sizzles.” —Dominic Cavendish, The Independent on Sunday
“Gale is a master of character, and he slips under the skins of his women protagonists with such wit that it’s often hard to believe he’s a man.” —Elle
About the author
Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester, before attending Oxford University. He now lives on a farm near Land’s End. One of the United Kingdom’s best-loved novelists, his recent works include A Perfectly Good Man, The Whole Day Through, and the Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller Notes from an Exhibition.
His latest novel is A Place Called Winter, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize, the Walter Scott Prize and the Independent Booksellers’ Novel of the Year award. To find out more about Patrick and his work, visit www.galewarning.org.
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