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Rory's Boys by Alan Clark

Rory's Boys

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Funny, sharp, moving and very assured writing for a debut novelist, Rory's Boys is about one man's struggle to accept who he is and about the need most of us have to find some sort of family.


Rory's Boys by Alan Clark

When Rory Blaine inherits his grandmother’s crumbling London mansion, he’s persuaded to create Britain’s first retirement home for gay men. Thirty years earlier, the teenage Rory had been exiled from the house, the only home he’d ever known, when his sexuality was discovered. Now middle-aged, he appears to be a tough, carefree hedonist but in reality is rootless, damaged and lonely.

The prospective residents, Rory’s ‘boys’, are an eclectic bunch, united only by healthy bank balances and a longing to grow old in a sympathetic haven. But the project becomes threatened, not only when the house is ‘outed’ by the tabloids but by Rory’s complex and shifting relationships with his new young partner Faisal, with Vic d’Orsay, an elderly singing star who has funded the restoration for mysterious reasons and, above all, with the carefully constructed character he has built around himself. And then, suddenly, there is a woman in his life…


“Sharp wit—by the bucketful! . . . what a journey! . . . an incredibly good read . . . Rory’s Boys will undoubtedly be acclaimed as one of the most funny books of 2011, and is deserving of a wide audience . . .” Viv Young New York Journal of Books. Click here to read the full review

"A very, very good writer. Alan Clark writes with intelligence, warmth, bravery and wit about the subjects that are to do with how we choose to live our lives." Sue Townsend

“Alan Clark takes his selfish but redeemable hero Rory Blaine and pulls him through this metrosexual and homosexual glance at Great Expectations with a pace to die for. Funny, touching and as readable as anything you will read this year.” John Sessions

“Smart, poignant and sharper than a scalpel.” Ivan Massow

"Funny, touching, tender, true .... wonderfully rich and wry.” Gyles Brandreth

About the Author

Alan Clark

Alan Clark was educated in Scotland, where he wrote his first children’s novel at the age of twelve. He dropped out of King’s College London and landed in the advertising business in which, as a copywriter and creative director, he has won several international awards. In recent times he has digressed into travel journalism, specialising in the western Mediterranean, and has also compiled a quiver full of celebrity profiles, ranging from film stars and theatrical knights to bishops and duchesses. He finally got around to writing this novel when author Sue Townsend bluntly informed him that he had wasted his life so far.

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23rd June 2011


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