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A short story collection covering a number of topics and relationships, from the funny to bizarre to ordinary. A great collection from a brilliant writer.

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Synopsis

Dangerous Pleasures by Patrick Gale

A collection of Patrick Gale's most brilliant pieces of short fiction. The subjects are wide-ranging and various -- curious childhood loyalties, long-hidden memories, newly discovered joys, startling secrets, dislocated relationships, overwhelming, thrilling passions. In prose which is vivid and fresh, Patrick Gale explores the subtle boundaries that shift between the fantastic and shockingly real.

With characteristic insight and wit and with consummate ease, he draws the reader into lives both familiar and strange, revealing a world that shines with possibilities and will never fail to delight.

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`Nattily subversive, sexually ambiguous, intelligent and disturbing. The prose sizzles with acidic observation.
Sunday Times



`Not one of these eleven stories is a dud. All of them are concerned with the fallout that occurs when soft-focussing fantasy collides with hard-nosed reality. The lingering after-effects lie on the sweeter side of bleak . Witty, moving and very much alive.
Time Out



`Gale has long been a master of short fiction. So it comes as no surprise to find that his first collection of stories shows him to be an adept of the art ... the form utilises all his strengths of acute observation, gentle wit and humane acceptance of human diversity ... Wit and wisdom, metaphor and moment constantly combine to delight.
The Times



`Patrick Gale revels in absurd risks. It's the promise of an unexpected, and potentially implausible outcome that entices you into his stories. The prose sizzles with acidic observations.
Independent on Sunday



`Gale is a master of character, and he slips under the skins of his women protagonists with such wit that it's often hard to believe he's a man. From the misplaced passions of a jilted writer these fresh, clear-headed stories are reminiscent of Gale's back catalogue of acclaimed novels.
Elle



`Gale pins down the pain of love and leaving and the no-man's-land between the apparently real and the illusory. He writes of uncertain memories and threatened loyalties and, in Dressing Up In Voices, of a couple whose passionate, inevitable break-up is traced with unrelenting accuracy.
Scotland on Sunday

About the Author

Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale was our Guest Editor in June 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

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 this country's best-loved novelists, his most recent works are A Perfectly Good Man, The Whole Day Through and the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition.

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Publication date

2nd September 1997

Author

Patrick Gale

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Publisher

Flamingo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories

ISBN

9780006547693

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