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Bittersweet and startling, A Sweet Obscurity is a novel of childhood, love and the consequences of how lives are lived.
Since her mother's death, nine-year-old Dido has been living with her eccentric aunt, acting as peacekeeper between Eliza, her estranged husband, Giles, and his girlfriend. They are each cruelly burdened in different ways. Chance draws them down to Cornwall, where a country idyll offers to lighten their urban cares. Eliza falls in love with local farmer Pearce, an event that causes the four adults to reassess their lives, with some painful and unforeseen consequences for adults and child alike.
"Intriguing and impressive. A memorable study of a child forced cruelly, even tragically, to grow up too soon." (Sunday Times)
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I have read several of Patrick Gale's novels and I particularly enjoyed this one. It is captivating throughout and is beautifully read by the author.
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Went on a little, glad I didn't have to read it or I would have given up. Not very exciting.
An enthralling story beautifully read
I’ve listened to several of Patrick Gale’s novels. They never disappoint, and a couple of times I’ve gone straight back to the beginning and listened again.
This is another enthralling story that held me until the last page.
It is beautifully read and performed by Patrick Gale.