Patrick Gale | “I’ve always loved writing about the things we can’t speak about, the things that are hard to put into words.”

Patrick Gale | “I’ve always loved writing about the things we can’t speak about, the things that are hard to put into words.”

The truth, they say, is stranger than fiction. In A Place Called Winter (Tinder Press, March), his quiet new marvel of a novel, Patrick Gale subverts this truism, imagining the strange events that may have befallen Harry Cane, his real life great-grandfather. Known in the family as “Cowboy Grandpa”, he was banished to Canada for reasons that remained mysterious, but whiffed of embarrassment.

“Growing up I got little hints about him,” Gale says. “We had a dressing-up box and in it were some amazing bearskin gloves: great big mitten things with the bear’s claws still on them. One of my big b...

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