Truly compelling and rich with emotional insight, Patrick Gale's Cornish novel Rough Music is a beautiful story of a marriage and the secrets a family holds.
Julian is a contented if naïve only child, and a holiday on the coast of North Cornwall should be perfect, especially when distant American cousins join the party. But their arrival brings upheaval and unexpected turmoil. It is only as a seemingly well-adjusted adult that Julian is able to reflect on the realities of his parents' marriage and to recognise that the happy, cheerful boyhood he thought was his is infused with secrets, loss and the memory of betrayals that have shaped his life.
"Sparkling with emotional intelligence. A gripping portrait of a marriage and quiet, devastating fall-out of family life." (Independent)
"Like the sea he describes so well, Patrick Gale's clear, unforced prose sucks one in effortlessly...he is excellent at the telling detail and description." (Daily Mail)
"Excellent - there are no false notes in this book." (Marie Claire)