Paul Bailey’s novel about shifting family relationships, loss and bereavement is surprisingly sad and remarkably funny in equal measure.

Young Gabriel Harvey is happy until his father inherits a lot of money and becomes an appalling snob and his beloved mother, 35 years younger than his father, vanishes. At first, Gabriel believes that he’ll see her again, but he gradually comes to understand that her ‘holiday’ is a complete separation. His subsequent success as a writer does little to ease this pain.
The Booker Prize 1986
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Jonathan Cape
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Paul Bailey

Paul Bailey

About the Author

Paul Bailey is a novelist who has appeared twice on the prize shortlist, with Peter Smart's Confessions (1977) and Gabriel's Lament (1986). His experiences as a judge were less happy.
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Other nominated books by Paul Bailey

Peter Smart's Confessions