Patrick Gale | Mother’s Boy – Online

Fri 27 May - Mon 6 Jun 2022

Patrick Gale
Patrick Gale
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This event was recorded at our Spring Festival in April

Travel back in time with one of the country’s best-loved novelists, Patrick Gale, who returns to Cambridge to introduce his new book, Mother’s Boy.

Set in Cornwall over the course of the two world wars, this superb historical novel touches the heart with its story of a man hiding his true self in plain sight, while his stalwart mother continues to shield him, long after the dangers of war are past. 

Patrick is joined in conversation by Anna Lawlor. 

Venue: Online

Duration: 1hr

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Mother's Boy by Patrick Gale

Buy the book at the Festival from Heffers or online from LRB Bookshop

Author Biography

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 Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition, the Costa-shortlisted A Place Called Winter and Take Nothing With You. His original BBC television drama, Man In An Orange Shirt, was shown to great acclaim in 2017 as part of the BBC’s Queer Britannia series, leading viewers around the world to discover his novels.  


Anna Lawlor is a journalist, broadcaster and media professional. She is writer and presenter of Typical! – a new BBC Radio 4 documentary, airing in June 2022. A school-leaver at 16, Anna has written for the majority of UK national newspapers and continues to contribute to The Economist and others. Anna cut her teeth on The Sunday Times’ internship scheme, joining the foreign desk during the Iraq war. She later specialised in financial journalism, working as an investment editor at The Financial Times during the ‘credit crunch’ crisis. In 2012, she co-founded Luminescence Communications, an award-winning agency in Cambridge. Throughout her career, Anna has interviewed eminent business leaders, politicians, and notable public figures, including an exclusive with His Highness the Aga Khan. An avid reader, Anna has also been a patron of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Twitter: @AnnaL_Media