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 going to Oxford University. He now lives on a farm near Land's End. One of this country's best-loved novelists, his most recent works are A Perfectly Good Man, the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition, the Costa-shortlisted A Place Called Winter and Take Nothing With You. His original BBC television drama, Man In An Orange Shirt, was shown to great acclaim in 2017 as part of the BBC's Queer Britannia series, leading viewers around the world to discover his novels.
It amuses, startles and occasionally bewilders. A Sweet Obscurity is worth every minute of your time - IndependentA rich comedy of sexual and familial confusions...a rare and welcome fictional voice - The TimesIntriguing and impressive. A memorable study of a child forced cruelly, even tragically, to grow up too soon - Sunday Times