Patrick Gale

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Novelists issue plea to save English degrees as demand slumps
Authors blame government ‘prejudice’ against humanities, as loss of applicants hits university courses

Anna Fazackerley

19, Jun, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Top 10 queer rural books
Sexual freedom is most often associated with the city, but a small but growing canon including EM Forster and Sarah Waters tells a different story

Mike Parker

17, Jul, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Take Nothing With You by Patrick Gale review – a young musician’s coming of age
An evocative exploration of the joy and pain playing an instrument can bring that echoes the author’s musical youth

Alfred Hickling

25, Aug, 2018 @10:59 AM

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Patrick Gale: ‘It’s true, I adore books about nuns’
The British novelist on his fascination with convents, delving into people’s hidden inner lives and the luxury of solitude

Lisa O'Kelly

18, Aug, 2018 @5:00 PM

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Green Carnation award goes to Aids history How to Survive a Plague
David France’s study of the struggle for effective treatment of a disease that was initially widely ignored was described by judges as ‘vital and important’

Danuta Kean

23, May, 2017 @10:33 AM

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Authors condemn £4m library fund as a 'sop' and a 'whitewash'
Patrick Gale, Mark Billingham and Francesca Simon among writers suggesting government scheme will do little to rescue sector that has been hit hard by cuts

Danuta Kean

23, Mar, 2017 @5:40 PM

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Simon Mawer's Tightrope wins Walter Scott prize for historical fiction
Drama of concentration camp survivor, set in 1950s London, praised by judges as ‘a spy story in the grand tradition’

Alison Flood

20, Jun, 2016 @10:45 AM

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Kate Atkinson wins Costa novel prize for A God in Ruins
Described as ‘utterly magnificent’ by the judges, Atkinson’s award makes her the first author to receive a Costa prize three times: for a God in Ruins in 2016, Life After Life in 2013 and Behind the Scenes at the Museum in 1995

Alison Flood

04, Jan, 2016 @7:30 PM

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Motifs, mottos and misfits shape the 2015 Costa award shortlists
A common thread runs through each of the five shortlists for this year’s Costa awards, but there’s always space for an outsider

John Dugdale

19, Nov, 2015 @4:50 PM

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Costa category awards 2015: tiny presses square up to big hitters
The shortlists for the five prizes include award-winners Anne Enright and Kate Atkinson – and a gothic thriller set in Morecambe Bay, with an original print run of 300

Alison Flood

17, Nov, 2015 @7:30 PM

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A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale review – secrets, scandal and Canadian colonialism
The life of Patrick Gale’s great grandfather provides the backdrop for a dramatic tale of one man’s desperate bid for a new life

Alex Clark

06, Sep, 2015 @12:00 PM

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The place that inspires me: artist reveal their secret getaways
The roots of home, a wild escape… most creative types have a place that unlocks their imagination. We asked writers, musicians and artists to tell us about theirs

Interviews by Killian Fox, Corinne Jones and Joanne O'Connor

30, Aug, 2015 @6:00 AM

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