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The Continuity Girl
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A comic love story in which the discovery of a long-lost version of a cult movie sheds light on a 45-year-old love affair between a Hollywood filmmaker and a real-life Loch Ness monster hunter

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Like April in The Continuity Girl, Patrick is an Anglo-American. He was born to an English mother in Amarillo, Texas, but moved to the UK when his American father was stationed in Oxfordshire with the USAF in the mid-1970s. Unlike his older brother, Patrick was sent to a local rather than a base school, and very quickly went native. He eventually gained a PhD in English Literature at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. For the past 14 years, he has taught English to secondary school children in an inner-city comprehensive in Coventry.Long a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, Patrick contributed one of his own, 'The Doll and His Maker', to MX Publishing's Sherlock's Home: The Empty House, an anthology of pastiches put together to raise funds for the preservation of one of the author's former homes. As well as writing fiction, Patrick is a keen poet. He was short-listed for the Bridport Poetry Prize in 2012 and long-listed for the Fish Poetry Prize in 2013

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"A wistfully entertaining romantic comedy spanning forty years of social and cinematic history, which offers a hommage to one of Billy Wilder's greatest films and does it proud." - Jonathan Coe

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