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Friendly Fire

Narrated by: Patrick Gale
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Summary

Insightful and full of understanding and warmth, Patrick Gale's Friendly Fire is a richly compelling story of adolescence, sexuality and the lessons we carry forever. 

Sophie, an orphan in love with learning, is sure she will thrive in Tatham's, an esteemed boarding school, having survived years of institutional living. But she soon finds herself lost among its cliques and rituals. 

Befriending two teenage boys, she experiences the first ache of futile love, then a brilliant teacher's inappropriate attention to one of the trio threatens to destroy them all. Sophie swiftly realises that there are tougher lessons to absorb outside the schoolroom - of class, sex, families and the emotional disaster they can bring to even the most privileged lives.

©2005 Patrick Gale (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"An intense tale of love, life, intellectualism and passion. Inspirational." (Daily Express)

"Utterly compelling from first to last." (Stephen Fry)

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Brilliant

Really enjoyed the book. I liked Patrick Gale reading it to me. The story took several twists and turns and I leant a few things I didn’t know! Thank you Patrick 😊

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Patrick Gale really must stop narrating his own books, it spoils them; his voice is not suited to the characters and it’s very off putting because of that.