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  • Published: 5 March 1999
  • ISBN: 9780099272687
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

A Patchwork Planet

From the Pulitzer prize-winning Sunday Times bestseller Anne Tyler. A Patchwork Planet is now re-jacketed along with the rest of Tyler's books in striking new backlist style

Barnaby Gailtin has less in life than he once had.

His ex-wife Natalie left him and their native Baltimore several years ago, taking their baby daughter Opal with her, and he has acquired an unalterably fixed position as the black sheep of the family in a family where black sheep aren't tolerated. Then the angelic Sophia enters his life and it seems as if all this is set to change. But can he shake off his past?


'She's changed my perception on life' Anna Chancellor

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'She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan

'Anne Tyler has no peer' Anita Shreve

'My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world' Nick Hornby

'A masterly author' Sebastian Faulks

'Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly good' John Updike

'I love Anne Tyler' Anita Brookner

'Her fiction has strength of vision, originality, freshness, unconquerable humour' Eudora Welty

  • Published: 5 March 1999
  • ISBN: 9780099272687
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons,The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread, Vinegar Girl and Clock Dance.

In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.

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Praise for A Patchwork Planet

Tyler is a masterly writer whose love stories make you think as well as feel.

Sebastian Faulks

I was bowled over...I finished the book wishing it had been twice as long

Jeremy Paxman

I can think of no other writer whose novels I look forward to with such gleeful anticipation. A Patchwork Planet is her fourteenth book, but were it for fortieth, it would not be enough for me... A delight from beginning to end


Anne Tyler is inventive, funny and wise. Her fiction is magically alive to the quirks and coincidences of fate... [A Patchwork Planet] is charming, readable, and more full of touching and humane observations than many other novels you will read this year


A Patchwork Planet is thoroughly enjoyable...from this most responsive novel

Sunday Times

Tyler's best book yet - which must make it pretty near perfection

The Times

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