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Patience

Author: John Coates
Publisher: London : Persephone Books, 2012.
Series: Persephone book, no. 99.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A lightly handled story of sex, marriage and Catholicism maintains a gay innocence as Patience Gathorne-Galley wakens to her unused potentialities. Learning of her husband's mistress and very aware of ubiquitous Sin, she is very much surprised to discover that there is such a thing as love when she meets Philip who gives her her first lesson in sex. With the help of her worldly sister and her lawyer husband,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Coates
ISBN: 9781903155899 1903155894
OCLC Number: 833299769
Notes: Originally published: [London] : Victor Gollancz, 1953.
Description: ix, 255 pages ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Persephone book, no. 99.
Responsibility: by John Coates ; with a new preface by Maureen Lipman.

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A lightly handled story of sex, marriage and Catholicism maintains a gay innocence as Patience Gathorne-Galley wakens to her unused potentialities. Learning of her husband's mistress and very aware of ubiquitous Sin, she is very much surprised to discover that there is such a thing as love when she meets Philip who gives her her first lesson in sex. With the help of her worldly sister and her lawyer husband, Patience uses her faith's weapons to dissolve her marriage to Edward and then discovers she has been living in adultery, with Edward's first wife still alive. But there are other gambits, other obstacles before she is free to take her three little girls, marry Philip and present him with a new baby. Sort of silly if you look at it one way but for some giddy and amusing moments this has a certain spark.

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