`Notes from an Exhibition', returning readers to his beloved Cornish
coastline. `Do you need me to pray for you now for a
specific reason?'`I'm going to die.'`We're all going to die. Does dying
frighten you?'`I mean I'm going to kill myself.' When
20-year-old Lenny Barnes, paralysed in a rugby accident, commits suicide
in the presence of Barnaby Johnson, the much-loved priest of a West
Cornwall parish, the tragedy's reverberations open up the fault-lines
between Barnaby and his nearest and dearest - the gulfs of unspoken
sadness that separate them all.
Across this web of relations scuttles Barnaby's repellent nemesis - a man as wicked as his prey is virtuous. Returning us to the rugged Cornish landscape of `Notes from an Exhibition', Patrick Gale lays bare the lives and the thoughts of a whole community and asks us: what does it mean to be good?
A Perfectly Good Man - Patrick Gale
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