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Rough Music

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A gripping and unnerving story of a family’s secrets and lies, from the bestselling author of ‘Notes from an Exhibition’ and ‘A Perfectly Good Man’.

Julian as a small boy is taken on the perfect Cornish holiday. When glamorous American cousins unexpectedly swell the party, however, emotions run high and events spiral out of control. Though he has been brought up in the forbidding shadow of the prison his father runs, though his parents are neither as normal nor as happy as he supposes, Julian’s world view is the sunnily selfish, accepting one of boyhood. It is only when he becomes a man – seemingly at ease with love, with his sexuality, with his ghosts – that the traumatic effects of that distant summer rise up to challenge his defiant assertion that he is happy and always has been.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1351 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (24 Mar. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A Compelling and Compassionate Story

One person found this helpful.
 on 6 September 2017
By Susannah B (SusieB)
Moving backwards and forwards in time, Patrick Gale’s beautifully written ‘Rough Music’ tells the story of an English family who, for most part of the story, are holidaying in the same Cornish seaside cottage on two occasions thirty years apart. In the nineteen sixties we meet young Julian, whose quiet, dependable father, John Pagett, is a prison governor and married to the attractive, but seemingly sexually-inhibited Frances. A solitary and only child, Julian becomes friendly with one of the inmates of the prison and he unwittingly provides the inmate with information that will later help him to break out of jail – a situation that has a significant impact on the family as a whole. Whilst on holiday in Cornwall, John’s deceased sister’s husband, Bill, arrives with his young daughter, and before long we see that Bill and Frances are sexually attracted to each other – another situation that results in repercussions that have lasting consequences for the Pagett family. Thirty years later, John has retired and is caring for Frances who is suffering from the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, and Julian is the owner of a bookshop and unwisely involved in an affair with a married man who is a close member of his own family. (No spoilers, as this story moves backwards and forwards in time, we learn all of this and more early on in the novel). On a family holiday in the same seaside cottage in Cornwall, Julian meets and becomes involved with Roly, a handsome and laid-back beachcomber – who is actually the owner of the cottage in which the Pagett family are staying – and his feelings for Roly help him to make a decision about his future, a decision which has a huge impact on everyone around him. There is much more to this complex and absorbing story that I would like to discuss, but to do so might spoil the novel for those who have yet to read it, so I will leave the remainder of the story for prospective readers to learn for themselves.

Great read

 on 11 October 2017
By Helley
a great read, very descriptive, could imagine myself on the beach

Four Stars

 on 15 September 2017
By Brian Bryant
Had a job keeping up wit the characters, but an interesting read.

Fabulous book

 on 25 September 2017
By Julie J.
Love love loved this book. Stayed up half the night to finish it! Then downloaded Notes on an Exhibition – also wonderful.

first book

 on 8 October 2017
By alison maxfield
would read more books written by Patrick Gale. this stirred memories of my mum that passed away six years ago with dementia.

Great read, Well written and would recommend

 on 29 September 2017
By Jack L
Well written, giving great insight into all characters enabling you to empathise with all of them on their journey

Five Stars

 on 27 September 2017
By Kindle Customer
Another excellent read from this author.

Great read

 on 13 September 2017
By Sue
Great read. Loved the parallel stories from past and present and the insight to family dynamics that I always enjoy from this author.

Great read!

 on 18 September 2017
By Kindle Customer
Excellent the story had me engrossed I couldn’t put it down!

Five Stars

 on 22 September 2017
Well written & great story
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