Mother's Boy

Mother's Boy: Signed Edition

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 01/03/2022
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Mother's Boy
This book leaves you feeling like you have eaten some of Laura’s cake, cared-for , satisfied and nourished.
Patrick Gale's new book is somewhat of a departure being based on the more documented life of a “real” person (A Place called Winter being loosely based on... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy

Synopsis

Laura, an impoverished Cornish girl, meets her husband when they are both in service in Teignmouth in 1916. They have a baby, Charles, but Laura's husband returns home from the trenches a damaged man, already ill with the tuberculosis that will soon leave her a widow. In a small, class-obsessed town she raises her boy alone, working as a laundress, and gradually becomes aware that he is some kind of genius. As an intensely private young man, Charles signs up for the navy with the new rank of coder. His escape from the tight, gossipy confines of Launceston to the colour and violence of war sees him blossom as he experiences not only the possibility of death, but the constant danger of a love that is as clandestine as his work. Mother's Boy is the story of a man who is among, yet apart from his fellows, in thrall to, yet at a distance from his own mother; a man being shaped for a long, remarkable and revered life spent hiding in plain sight. But it is equally the story of the dauntless mother who will continue to shield him long after the dangers of war are past.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781472296207
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 41g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm

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Mother's Boy
Emotionally intelligent
Mother's Boy is an account of the 'imagined' early life of the poet Charles Causley. It's an intimate portrait of the relationship between Charles and his... READ MORE
SarahOrchard
Mother's Boy
Patrick Gale at his very best: superb story telling, beautiful prose, evocative description, authentic characterisation, emotionally complex and satisfying. What more could you ask?
Not since A Place Called Winter has a Patrick Gale novel moved me so much. The novel is an exceptionally tender account of the imagined early life of the C... READ MORE
Robert James-Robbins
Mother's Boy
utterly superb
“The poem was a piece of code, he realised. It didn’t expose him directly, as writing a story or essay might, not like writing anything in the first person... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
Mother's Boy
Such an excellent writer!
Now I admit I bought my signed hardback edition on publication day and it has sat patiently in my pile to read. I didn't need to rush it to the top I knew ... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp