Albert Kennedy Trust and Headline Publishing is delighted to invite you to An Evening with Patrick Gale 

Join us for this exclusive publication event to celebrate the new novel from best-selling and Costa Shortlisted author Patrick Gale, Take Nothing With You. The evening will be hosted by Clare Balding and Uli Lenart from Gay’s the Word Bookshop, featuring a live auction for an array of incredible prizes.


  1. Dinner for 2 at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Barnes
  2. A set visit for 2 to the filming of Granchester, including meeting the stars
  3. A salon haircut from stylist-turned-book-blogger Nina Pottell at Atherton Cox in Marylebone
  4. Two tickets to a recital by opera star, Rachel Nicholls (details on night) conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth
  5. Two tickets to a Wigmore Hall recital by cellist, Steven Isserlis
  6. Have a character named after you in Patrick Gale’s next novel

Presenting 2018’s most talked-about and highly anticipated book, this is a night of epic bookish proportions, brought to you in partnership with the Albert Kennedy Trust.

'Absolutely one of his complete best' Stephen Fry

Take Nothing With You is a stunning, compassionate and mesmerising novel of boyhood, coming of age, and the confusions of desire and reality.

1970s Weston-Super-Mare and ten-year-old oddball Eustace, an only child, has life transformed by his mother's quixotic decision to sign him up for cello lessons. Music-making brings release for a boy who is discovering he is an emotional volcano. He laps up lessons from his young teacher, not noticing how her brand of glamour is casting a damaging spell over his frustrated and controlling mother.

When he is enrolled in holiday courses in the Scottish borders, lessons in love, rejection and humility are added to daily practice.

Drawing in part on his own boyhood, Patrick Gale's new novel explores a collision between childish hero worship and extremely messy adult love lives.

An Evening with Patrick Gale

When: Wednesday 22nd August, 6pm-9pm

Where: McKinsey building, 1 Jermyn St, St. James's, London SW1Y 4UH

Tickets: £20

Please arrive at 6pm for drinks and nibbles

Event starts at 7pm