Date(s) - 04/09/2018

Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Tuesday September 4, 7.30pm

Tickets £3, including a glass of wine

Bestselling author Patrick Gale, the author of new BBC drama Man in an Orange Shirt, talks about Take Nothing With You, his new novel of boyhood, coming of age and the confusions of desire and reality. Fifty-something Eustace, a gay Londoner of leisure, realises in the same week that he has fallen hopelessly in love with a man he has yet to meet in the flesh, and that he has cancer of the thyroid. While being given radioactive iodine therapy, which involves spending a little over 24 hours in a lead-lined hospital suite wearing only disposable clothes and with no possessions he doesn’t mind leaving behind, he listens to hour on hour of cello music recorded for him by his best mate, Naomi. This sets his memories circling back to the 1970s and his eccentric boyhood and adolescence in his parents’ old people’s home in Weston-Super-Mare, and how his life was transfigured, and his family’s stability shattered, by the decision to attend a recital by the glamorous cellist Carla Gold. Picture: Alex Efimoff.

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