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A Perfectly Good Man

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5th January 2018

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‘ A writer with heart, soul, and a dark and naughty wit’ Observer

What happens when ‘doing good’ is no longer enough?

‘A convincing, moving account of man’s struggle with faith, marriage and morality’ Sunday Times

On a clear, crisp summer’s day in Cornwall, a young man carefully prepares to take his own life, and asks family friend, Barnaby Johnson, to pray with him. Barnaby – priest, husband and father – has always tried to do good, though life hasn’t always been rosy. Lenny’s request poses problems, not just for Barnaby, but for his wife and family, and the wider community, as the secrets of the past push themselves forcefully into the present for all to see.

‘Beautifully written’ Times

What readers love about A PERFECTLY GOOD MAN:

‘A most engaging novel, keenly observed, often witty, and beautifully written’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘A wonderful poetic, perceptive and very realistic insight into a very varied group of characters’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘I loved this book – one of the best novels I have read for a long time. Brilliant characterisation, an interesting setting in a small Cornish community, and a very good plot’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘Patrick Gale knows, not just the accurate externals of parish life, but the inner realities of human thinking’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


A writer with heart, soul, and a dark and naughty wit, one whose company you relish and trust
Sunday Times
This being Gale there's a compelling tale to be told . . . a convincing, moving account of man's struggle with faith, marriage and morality
Mail on Sunday
A thoughtful and moving novel about love, morality and faith. Marvellous
Independent on Sunday
A heartfelt, cleverly constructed read
The Times
Beautifully written