Gay's The Word was 'a sanctuary for me', says Whitbread author Patrick Gale
Published: 04 April 2012
by PAVAN AMARA
AN award-winning author has called on readers to support the UK’s last gay and lesbian bookshop.
Whitbread Award-winning novelist Patrick Gale, 49, was at Gay’s The Word, in Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, last week when about 70 people heard him read from his latest book, A Perfectly Good Man, about a village priest assisting a paralysed rugby player who commits suicide.
Mr Gale said: “When I was 17, I caught the train to London especially to visit Gay’s The Word.
It was a sort of pilgrimage.
It was a big step in my life, and this bookshop became like a sanctuary for me.”
Pictured: Patrick Gale, left, with bookshop manager Uli Lenart.