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Facing the music

Patrick Gale’s new novel focuses on how a young boy’s passion affects his mother’s life



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Here’s the beautifully sculpted new novel about music, self-discovery and sexuality from the writer of the Costa-shortlisted A Place Called Winter and the BBC drama Man in an Orange Shirt. In 1970s Weston-super-Mare, 10-year-old oddball Eustace, an only child, has his life transformed by his mother’s romantic decision to sign him up for cello lessons. Musicmaking brings release for a boy who is discovering he is an emotional volcano. He laps up lessons from his young teacher, not noticing how her brand of glamour is casting a damaging spell over his frustrated and controlling mother. Drawing in part on his own boyhood, Gale explores a collision between childish hero-worship and extremely messy adult love lives. Take Nothing With You is beguiling, vivid, wise and moving. 21 August

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