Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale Describing himself as the "last novelist in England", he has lived in Cornwall since 1988, a county described repeatedly in his novels. He is artistic director of the North Cornwall Book Festival, which he helped found. He is a patron of the Charles Causley Trust, the Penzance Lit Fest and Literature Works.

Will Pagett receives an unexpected gift on his fortieth birthday, two weeks at a perfect beach house in Cornwall. Seeking some distance from the married man with whom he's having an affair, he invites his aging mother and father to share his holiday, knowing the sun and sea will be a welcome change for. But the cottage and the stretch of sand before it seems somehow familiar and memories of a summer long ago begin to surface.

Thirty-two years earlier. A young married couple and their eight year-old son begin two idyllic weeks at a beach house in Cornwall. But the sudden arrival of unknown American relatives has devastating consequences, turning what was to be a moment of reconciliation into an act of betrayal that will cast a lengthy shadow.