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Friendly Fire by Patrick Gale


Friendly Fire by Patrick Gale

From the author of Richard and Judy bestseller `Notes from an Exhibition' a tale of youthful disgrace, seen through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old girl. Sophie, an exceptionally bright child, has spent all her life in a children's home. Her life is transformed when she wins a scholarship to Tatham's, a school for privileged high-achievers - but her education there is as much emotional as intellectual. She falls hopelessly in love with Lucas, adored gay son of a wealthy Jewish family and, through him, is drawn into a tangle of betrayed friendship and forbidden passions that ends in tragedy and disgrace. Sophie's doggedly pursues prizes and praise but the painful lessons she learns about herself leave the most lasting impression. Friendly Fire is an unforgettable novel about love, family and, that most English of concerns, class.


`Utterly compelling from first to last: sad and funny and written with the matchlessly fine yet modest prose that marks him out as such a superb writer
Stephen Fry

'Friendly Fire is an intense tale of love, life, intellectualism and passion. Inspirational'
Daily Express

'Patrick Gale is a writer who has always seemed particularly well attuned to the assorted agonies and ecstasies of childhood...The emotions still ring true'
Daily Mail

`Gale's finely tuned rites of passage novel depicts a learning curve of betrayal and shame

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.

Author photo © Daniel Hall Photography

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Publication date

2nd May 2006


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HarperPerennial an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


336 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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