A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale. Recommended by Nic (Archives and Reader Development Team).
A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence – until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest cost him everything. Forced to abandon his wife and child, Harry signs up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies. Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England.
‘I wanted to read this book after seeing this review on The Guardian’s web site. Set in a period when a person’s true sexuality had to hidden due to societie’s moral opinions and legislation; this story gives a fascinating insight into the lengths people had to go to conform, to hide or to escape in the early twentieth century. Set in England and Canada, Harry Cane’s story is one filled with drama, intrigue, love, tragedy and self discovery. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you enjoyed Sarah Waters ‘The Night Watch’ you will love this.’ Nic.