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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (540 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Gale Narrator: Stephen Perring Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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When 20-year-old Lenny Barnes, paralysed in a rugby accident, commits suicide in the presence of Barnaby Johnson, the much-loved priest of a West Cornwall parish, the tragedy's reverberations open up the fault-lines between Barnaby and his nearest and dearest. The personal stories of his wife, children and lover illuminate and the gulfs of unspoken sadness that separate them all. Across this web of relations scuttles Barnaby's repellent nemesis - a man as wicked as his prey is virtuous.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 2/2/2014

    " Wonderful read. Well written and developed characters that you really get to know and his descriptions of Cornwall make you want to move there. Also very sensitive exploration of religion and the right to die. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Book Bazaar | 1/27/2014

    " My first time reading a Patrick Gale novel and it won't be the last. Cleverly plotted, skillful writing and a thoroughly enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Irwin | 1/21/2014

    " Patrick Gale has always been one of my favourite authors and I think this is his best book yet. The beautifully written story of Father Barnaby, set in an area of Cornwall I know so well, pulls you in, and you dont want to let go. The interaction of past with present and the other charactes is so wonderfully done. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Moffat | 1/18/2014

    " I loved this book! I have only read one other of patrick gale's work - notes from an exhibition and wasn't overally enamoured by it. However, this novel beautifully ensnares you with its host of intriguing characters, and the jumping back and forward in time. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to reading more of his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christoph Fischer | 1/16/2014

    " A great read that raises a lot of moral questions and provides food for thought about religion, faith and euthanasia - but without a dry and lecturing approach. Yet again Gale is a great portrayer of character and provides a unique setting and a bunch of interesting people in this book. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meera | 1/9/2014

    " And a perfectly good book! This is my first foray into Patrick Gale, and on the strength of this, I will definitely be reading more. A really lovely tale of morality, temptation and faith in a small English village. The characters are very sympathetic, especially the central priest character of Barnaby and you really feel for his struggle to come to terms with the demands on his time and patience by his family and parishoners. An additional note of drama and suspense is added by the sinister Modest, who pursues the virtuous man to try and trip him up and reveal a hidden darkness to his character. Beautifully and elegantly written, you get the sense that Gale has really thought carefully about each word on the page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philippa | 1/3/2014

    " Rarely disappointed with a Patrick Gale, he's on form with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Rowe | 12/23/2013

    " Loved it! Such a powerful yet simple story of a man, his family, their community and parish. Patrick Gale is a beautiful writer and this community's tale will linger with happiness in my mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/13/2013

    " Structure of the book is very interesting - told from 6-8 different characters at different ages in their lives (not in chronological order). A little confusing but it does fall together in the end. Sad book but not overdone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniela | 10/19/2013

    " good story; loved the discription of Cornish landscapes; a bit predictable and story jumped around too much for my liking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Day | 10/16/2013

    " First book i have read by this author...I liked the story but found the way it is written confusing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Clayton | 8/29/2013

    " I loved this book, my favourite of Gale's so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 8/26/2013

    " an interlinked book of stories around father barnaby johnson based mainly in cornwall and looks relationships and how different things are looked at and feel that the author does it well with compassion, well worth reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Stanley | 7/5/2013

    " Well written, with great compassion, but not my favourite Patrick Gale "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aine Nic | 4/2/2013

    " I enjoyed this book but found the jumping back and forward in time very distracting, I had to keep checking what age the characters were in any given chapter. Would have liked it more if it had been told in a more chronological way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline Curtis O'Beirne | 3/4/2013

    " I really like the way the book is crafted but I couldn't engage with the book overall "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylene | 2/20/2013

    " Great read. I liked the characters being revealed at different stages of their life, although it was a bit confusing at first. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martinxo | 12/10/2012

    " Fantastically boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 10/25/2012

    " Super characters, loved the shuffled chapters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/25/2012

    " Love his books but this was undoubtedly my best read of his since Notes from an Exhibition, superb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Thomas | 9/11/2012

    " Overall I enjoyed this. I've read some of his other books and I enjoy them but don't love them. A bit in the middle made me really sad, to the point I wasn't sure I could keep reading. I really cared about some of the characters, and I guess this makes it a successful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tinne | 9/7/2012

    " This novel surprised me by its structure, allowing for the story to gradually unfold. I appreciated the intertwining storylines and felt that I could relate to most of the characters. "

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About the Author

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 England’s best-loved novelists, his works include A Perfectly Good Man, The Whole Day Through, and the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes from an Exhibition.

About the Narrator

Stephen Perring is an actor, voice artist, singer, and guitarist who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.