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Notes from an exhibition | Patrick Gale
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The new novel from the bestselling Patrick Gale tells the story of artist Rachel Kelly, whose life has been a sacrifice to both her extraordinary art and her debilitating manic depression. When troubled artist Rachel Kelly dies painting obsessively in her attic studio in Penzance, her saintly husband and adult children have more than the usual mess to clear up. She leaves behind an extraordinary and acclaimed body of work - but she also leaves a legacy of secrets and emotional damage it will take months to unravel. A wondrous, monstrous creature, she exerts a power that outlives her. To her children she is both curse and blessing, though they all in one way or another reap her whirlwind, inheriting her waywardness, her power of loving - and her demons...Only their father's Quaker gifts of stillness and resilience give them any chance of withstanding her destructive influence and the suspicion that they came a poor second to the creation of her art. The reader becomes a detective, piecing together the clues of a life - as artist, lover, mother, wife and patient - which takes them from contemporary Penzance to 1960s Toronto to St Ives in the 1970s. What emerges is a story of enduring love, and of a family which weathers tragedy, mental illness and the intolerable strain of living with genius. Patrick Gale's latest novel shines with intelligence, humour and tenderness.
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I can‘t believe how much I loved this book. I even read slowly and made it last two days!
Beautifully written, poignant book, basically about the MCs battle with bi-polar and the impact on family life because of this. All of the characters were wonderfully portrayed and I feel like I knew each one.
Even the authors notes afterwards were beautiful.

Freespirit Sounds great 👍🏼 3mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one too 👍🏻♥️soooo good 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good ❤️ 3mo
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Cinfhen 2 whole days!!!! Wow!!!! 😜😘 3mo
TrishB @Freespirit it was, highly recommend. 3mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts beautifully written story. Agree, sooooo good ♥️ 3mo
TrishB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it definitely is. 3mo
TrishB @Cinfhen exactly 😘 3mo
JennyM I know Cathy @cathythoughts loves this one and, with Harry still in my heart, I am going to have to stack! 3mo
Itchyfeetreader I had a copy of this and misplaced in a live unread - I feel like I need to restock 3mo
TrishB @JennyM if you love Harry I think you‘ll love this! 3mo
TrishB @Itchyfeetreader it‘s a good one 👍🏻 3mo
Reggie Sounds good!! Stacked. 3mo
Centique Gosh this sounds great 😃 3mo
TrishB @Reggie @Centique I think you‘ll love it 👍🏻 3mo
Caroline2 Sounds great, stacked! 👍🏻 3mo
TrishB @Caroline2 it‘s a good read 👍🏻 3mo
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It‘s a moving tale of family and their struggles with their mother, who is a successful artist, her bipolar condition and gives an insight into religion, mental illness and creativity.

I found this to be an absorbing and compelling read right from the beginning and while it has a difficult subject matter Patrick Gale has been gentle and sympathetic with it. A truly original novel and I enjoyed immensely

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Just started this..a bit different from my usual reading. So will see how it goes

Reviewsbylola Love your mug!! 1y
Lel2403 @Reviewsbylola thank you 1y
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A rich & beautifully told story ...

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#HeatOfJuly #Despacito @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I am slowly making my way towards the end of this one today. The story of the artist & mother , diagnosed with bipolar disorder.. Rachel & her family. Deeply moving & written with great insight & kindness. My first Patrick Gale & def not my last. This is a serious 5 Star pick from the very start ...

BarbaraBB I read this a long time ago and don‘t remember much of it. Looking forward to your review! 1y
TrishB I‘m so pleased it was good!! His books were recommended to me by s colleague in work 👍🏻 1y
DeborahSmall I love Patrick Gale! @TrishB Asylum and Spider both great. I haven‘t read anything recent but recommend his first 5/6 📚 1y
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Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB it‘s very good ! 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB @DeborahSmall Just finished Notes From An Exhibition .... wonderful, rich story! I welcome any Patrick Gale recommendations 1y
TrishB @DeborahSmall he just seems to have passed me by! 1y
TrishB I‘ve got a list in work! Will see what else was on it! 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB brilliant!! 1y
DeborahSmall @Cathythoughts @TrishB I was actually thinking of Patrick McGrath 🙈😂 I have only read 1 Patrick Gale!! 1y
TrishB @DeborahSmall 😂😂 I don‘t think I‘ve read McGrath either! 1y
Cathythoughts @DeborahSmall must check out McGrath now 👍🏻😉 1y
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#HeyJune #AnyTimeAtAll any time at all in this glorious heatwave is a good time for audio - gardening ! Loving this tagged book. An interesting story of a troubled artist & her family.

TrishB Definitely getting to it next month!! 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB it‘s good !! Thankyou for the recommendation 😉 1y
Cinfhen Pretty pics💜 1y
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thankyou. I did put something small in the post for your birthday... it should be there by Friday ... 🤞🏻 1y
Cinfhen Awww, thanks so much @Cathythoughts 😘😘I feel so spoilt 1y
GypsyKat So pretty! 💗 1y
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Next Audible up for me , another Litsy recommendation @TrishB

Tanisha_A Hope you enjoy! 1y
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A thankyou 😘 1y
TrishB I haven‘t read yet 😁 let me know! 1y
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I had 2 new Audible credits.. & got these 2. thanks @TrishB @Reggie ... I won‘t have my headphones till I get home. The castle here is all arted up CONCENTRIC ECCENTRIC it‘s called. What a fab place. We decided to buy 2 Books in French in the bookshop ( pic In collage ) tomo .. I think I‘ll get The Little Prince .. this should be a laugh as I have Leaving Cert French 🙄 ( high school level) hubby is a bit better . It will be fun 😉😂😮🙄Bonsoir

TrishB Enjoy 💜 sounds like holiday is going great! 2y
Libby1 Bonsoir! 😘 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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Cathythoughts @Libby1 😘😘😘 2y
CarolynM Love the art!😍 (edited) 2y
Reggie Aww, the vacation sounds great so far. Hope you have a great time and hope you like the book!!! 2y
Cathythoughts @CarolynM yes there is an exhibition on in the castle ... it‘s yellow tape , so will come down easily ... it looks amazing.. 💫 2y
Cathythoughts @Reggie thanks! Holiday is so relaxing! The mind is emptying out ... I love that feeling. I think the Dark Matter book should be good on Audible.. I‘ll wait till I get home 👍🏻👍🏻💕 (edited) 2y
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#jubilantjuly #startswithMNO
Ive picked a favourite Patrick gale and two books I've recently acquired for my growing TBR

Blaire Olive kitteridge is wonderful. (edited) 2y
andrew61 @Blaire im looking forward to it as i really enjoyed Lucy Barton. 2y
Centique March is really good too 👍 2y
andrew61 @Centique oh great, I've read year of wonders which I enjoyed so will read it soon. 2y
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Epigraph on "Notes From An Exhibition." This is motherhood with depression, exactly.

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Eenie meenie miney moe... Almost done with This Book Will Save your Life. Knowing which book is next is the hardest decision to make 😂😂

DeborahSmall I love Patrick Gale 📚❤️ 3y
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Ebook deal today--it looks intriguing and has some stellar reviews on Goodreads.

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Empathetic study of bi polar disorder. Well structured, compelling narrative. Sort of book I had to pause and reflect on at intervals due to the emotional impact it had on me.