Truly compelling and rich with emotional insight , Patrick Gale’s Cornish novel, ROUGH MUSIC is a beautiful story of a marriage and the secrets a family holds.
‘Sparkling with emotional intelligence. A gripping portrait of a marriage and the quiet, devastating fall-out of family life’ Independent
Julian is a contented if naive only child, and a holiday on the coast of North Cornwall should be perfect, especially when distant American cousins join the party. But their arrival brings upheaval and unexpected turmoil.
It is only as a seemingly well-adjusted adult that Julian is able to reflect on the realities of his parents’ marriage, and to recognise that the happy, cheerful boyhood he thought was his is infused with secrets, loss and the memory of betrayals that have shaped his life.
A real craftsman, a master storyteller -- Independent on Sunday A painfully acute but never reproachful examination of a past that will not vanish * Daily Telegraph * Like the sea he describes so well, Patrick Gale's clear, unforced prose sucks one in effortlessly -- Elizabeth Buchan * Daily Mail * A subtle, highly evocative tale of memory and desire * Mail on Sunday * Sparkling with emotional intelligence. A gripping portrait of a marriage and quiet, devastating fall-out of family life * Independent *
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