Event 9

Monday 6th November 2023 | 3.30pm

Event 9 | Patrick Gale | Mother’s Boy


Patrick Gale – Mother’s Boy

Best selling author Patrick Gale brings us a coming of age novel of class, desire and two world wars. Cornish laundress Laura meets her husband in 1914, only to be later widowed with a young child, Charles. As a new war looms, Charles signs up for the navy as a coder. Here he experiences the excitement and terror of a love as clandestine as his work. Gale crafts a complex and tender rendering of the relationship between a dauntless mother and her son.

This is a book club event and the book purchased from The Bookshop prior to the day of the event will be eligible for a 15% discount.

In conversation with Sally Laverack

When: Monday 6th November 2023 @ 3.30 pm
Where: Bridport Arts Centre (NEW VENUE)
Sponsored by: Harold Carter and Tess Silkstone


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 with his husband, rearing cattle and barley and tending his beloved garden. 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.

Sally Laverack has been one of the team of interlocuters for the Bridport Literary Festival since 2011, and has a special interest in history. After working as a reporter/producer for the BBC in the North East for a number of years, Sally joined the commercial broadcasting regulator, the IBA/ITC.  She retired to Dorset in 2000.  


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