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Notes from an exhibition

by Patrick Gale

A book that reveals itself gradually chapter by chapter. Artist Rachel Kelly as seen through the eyes of each member of her family who had to deal with her manic depressive state. The fact that the setting is Cornwall also made a big impression on me as it is a place I love. Not told chronologically but more as if the reader is visiting a retrospective of her work and learning about her life via each piece of artwork. A very moving story about family secrets and relationships.

Suggested by Lizzie, Preston

Tagged with: enthralling gripping thought-provoking



Picked this book up as I had nothing else to read and was completely hooked by page 2. Not my usual kind of read but I Ioved it. The characters were so interesting and the story flowed so well I just had to keep reading. I have to agree with Linda there is a strong sense of place you can feel a real love for the Cornish landscape throughout the book.
I, too, loved this novel and it prompted me to read others by Patrick Gale. He writes with a strong sense of place and writes convincingly about women. The dynamics of family and the tense imperatives of being a creative artist were particularly moving.
Linda from Pinner
I am going to give this book a try. It has aroused my curiosity and I want to find out more

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