- File Size: 1964 KB
- Print Length: 275 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media (July 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FRQEVH4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,657,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gentleman's Relish: Stories Kindle Edition
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“The short story form suits Gale’s ability to zoom in on the smallest nuances of a relationship.” —The Times (London)
“The stories confirm Gale’s ability to exploit the short story genre’s capacity to deliver a caffeinated hit. . . . [They] showcase his capacity for combining a light touch and a macabre sense of humour with an understated strength of human feeling.” —Metro
“Gale’s writing is sharply evocative. . . . [He] writes with such humanity and warmth in his novels that it comes as a surprise that these short stories are told in a different, darker voice.” —Daily Mail
“A hugely enjoyable collection which proves that the short story is still very much alive . . . Gale has a distinctive sense of humour and it is not unusual for something sinister to be lurking beneath the apparently unruffled and genteel surface of his narrative.” —Daily Express
“It provides further evidence of Gale’s stylistic deftness, insight and wonderfully eclectic range of interests … Even as rural life and perspectives dominate, other stories consistently tease out fresh territory.” —The Independent
“Vivid, believable characters . . . Gale has a light touch with social commentary but the undertones are often menacing.” —The Times Literary Supplement
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All Patrick Gale books are worth reading.
If asked I always say that I don't like short stories. I often find them to be a tease, just when you feel like you're getting into them they are over. The only exception is Roald Dahl's omnibus of short stories, all of them wrap up quite nicely, if a little nastily. If you haven't read any of them yet I can't recommend them enough. So I was quite disappointed when I got home from seeing Patrick Gale speak and read, and realised I had not bought his new novel but had accidentally bought his book of short stories. I wasn't disappointed for very long once I started reading however. This is a really good collection. Patrick Gale has mastered the art of capturing a snapshot of the characters' lives, developing them fully and sharing a small section of their story. There are some really lovely stories here, but also some really quite dark and scary ones too. The moth lady story (Sleep Tight) is absolutely brilliant and has now become one of my favourite scary stories. Its enough to make you want to sleep with the lights OFF! Even if, like me, you tend to shy away from short story collections, I would recommend giving this a read.