A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale

March 27, 2015, Article by Richard in Books Worth Staring At

Only the very best books get the ‘Books Worth Staring At’ sticker, and here’s the latest to achieve this…

The book: A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale

Published: 2015, by Tinder Press

Why we loved it: This is one of those novels which grabs you on page one and damn well refuses to let go. Based loosely on Gale’s own family history, we follow young chap Harry Cane drifting through life in turn-of-the-century Edwardian England, making the decisions he’s expected to make, until he falls in love with the wrong person… Forced to abandon England for Canada, Harry must learn to make a new life for himself.

What’s so extraordinary about this book is how Gale manages to establish an incredible sense of place – from the bustling British streets to the epic plains of Canada – whilst also creating an intensely intimate and, at times, heartbreaking portrait of a young man striving to survive in the face of increasing adversity. You will find yourself wincing at each punch he takes, cheering at each one he ducks, and coming out the other side with your heart soaring.