Mother's BoyGale, Patrick
Laura, an impoverished Cornish girl, meets her husband when they are both in service in Teignmouth in 1916. They have a baby, Charles, but Laura's husband returns home from the trenches a damaged man, already ill with the tuberculosis that will soon leave her a widow. In a small, class-obsessed town she raises her boy alone, working as a laundress, and gradually becomes aware that he is some kind of genius.
As an intensely privately young man, Charles signs up for the navy with the new rank of coder. His escape from the tight, gossipy confines of Launceston to the colour and violence of war sees him blossom as he experiences not only the possibility of death, but the constant danger of a love that is as clandestine as his work.
MOTHER'S BOY is the story of a man who is among, yet apart from his fellows, in thrall to, yet at a distance from his own mother; a man being shaped for a long, remarkable and revered life spent hiding in plain sight. But it is equally the story of the dauntless mother who will continue to shield him long after the dangers of war are past. [Taken from book blurb, Tinder Press]
Comments from BDS Reviewers
"This book is beautifully written and the story addictive and interesting."
"I think this book will be widely enjoyed. It's easy reading though quite a long book."
"Everything about this beautiful book is positive. I did not want it to end."
"Gale writes characters gently and softly and suddenly you feel as if you know them all intimately."
"The author has been very careful in his research and has created a pretty convincing background to Causley's life."
"The author is genius. His writing is deceptively simple but full of knowledge and complexity."
"The book covers an important era and it respects details where accuracy to the reality of Charles Causley's life is important."
"There is humour, joy, sadness, grief, love - everything that makes us human and life wonderful."