Going Gently

Going Gently

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Kate Thomas was beautiful, intelligent, witty, passionate and sexy. Now, at the ripe old age of ninety-nine, she is trapped in a hospital ward of sad, mad and bad old women. She escapes by playing to herself the video of her life. What a life it has been. Her six marriages have ended in suicide, a husband's adultery, another husband's deportation as a dangerous alien, a union dispute, a murder, and a natural death. But Kate's journey through the twentieth century is also a search for the truth - about life, death, and which of her three sons murdered her fifth husband. This is a novel rich in memorable characters, from Kate's narrow but loving Welsh family to the wild members of an artists' colony in Cornwall; from Midland piston manufacturers to an investigative journalist whose own life cannot bear investigation.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 30mm | 281.23g
  • Cornerstone
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0099414651
  • 9780099414650
  • 519,833

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From the creator of Reginald Perrin, a funny and touching look at life and love. Going gently is something Kate Thomas has never been good at. On the eve of her 100th birthday, she reviews her turbulent life from her hospital bed. This is not just an escape from the mad, bad and sad characters around her, but also a search for the truth - about life, death, and which of her three sons murdered her fifth husband.show more

About David Nobbs

David Nobbs was born in Kent. After university, he entered the army, then tried his hand at journalism and advertising before becoming a writer. A distinguished novelist and comedy writer best known for The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, David Nobbs was acknowledged by his peers as a comic genius. He died in August 2015.show more

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"A funny, touching and reflective study of life and love that not only reinforces his status as one of Britain's finest comic novelists, but also lays claim for him to be considered as one of our shrewdest and most compassionate writers ... A wonderful novel, mature in its handling of life's triumphs and tragedies, warm-hearted and witty in its insight into the nature of love" * Yorkshire Post * "Going Gently, like all the best comic novels, mixes sadness with laughter to great effect ... probably Nobbs's finest work" * Independent * "An extraordinary rich and satisfying novel ... I laughed constantly" "Spellbinding ... Enormously entertaining and extremely funny" * Guardian * "We should be thankful for the continued brilliance of David Nobbs" * Mail on Sunday *show more

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"We should be thankful for the continued brilliance of David Nobbs"show more

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223 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 30% (66)
4 36% (80)
3 25% (55)
2 9% (19)
1 1% (3)
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