Patrick Gale, ‘Mother’s Boy’ – Author Event in the Bookshop: Book and Ticket


This event is now Sold Out – do Contact Us if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Tuesday 22 March , 7.30pm.  Doors open at 7.00pm if you would like to meet up and have a drink in our Writer’s Café before the event.

Ticket price includes a signed copy of Mother’s Boy (RRP £20) which will be published on 1 March.

There is also a Ticket Only option. You do not need to collect your ticket before the event – we will be able to check your name at the door from your order. Books will also be ready to collect on the night.

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Laura, an impoverished Cornish girl, meets her husband when they are both in service in Teignmouth in 1916. They have a baby, Charles, but Laura’s husband returns home from the trenches a damaged man, already ill with the tuberculosis that will soon leave her a widow. In a small, class-obsessed town she raises her boy alone, working as a laundress, and gradually becomes aware that he is some kind of genius.

As an intensely private young man, Charles signs up for the navy with the new rank of coder. His escape from the tight, gossipy confines of Launceston to the colour and violence of war sees him blossom as he experiences not only the possibility of death, but the constant danger of a love that is as clandestine as his work.

Mother’s Boy is the story of a man who is among, yet apart from his fellows, in thrall to, yet at a distance from his own mother; a man being shaped for a long, remarkable and revered life spent hiding in plain sight. But it is equally the story of the dauntless mother who will continue to shield him long after the dangers of war are past.