Royals (Hardback)Emma Forrest (author)
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A kaleidoscopic survey of hedonistic London in the early 1980s, Emma Forrest’s bittersweet tale combines fashion, sexuality and class in an intoxicating and immersive brew. Detailing the unlikely bond between a working class outsider struggling with his queer identity and a flamboyant, freewheeling heiress, Royals is a fabulous evocation of time and place as well as a richly rewarding study of belonging and friendship.
July, 1981. London.
Shy, working-class Steven finds solace in beauty. Eighteen years old, he dreams of being a fashion designer. He's also gay, maybe - he hasn't decided yet. There's a lot Steven isn't sure about, like whether he hates himself or thinks he's amazing. When he ends up in hospital after being brutally attacked by his father, he meets Jasmine, an heiress. Intoxicating, anarchic, fabulous Jasmine.
Fuelled by their shared love of fashion, a friendship blossoms and soon, Steven finds himself swept into her hedonistic world, wholly beguiled. However, underneath the glitter and the frivolity, darkness lies.
Devastating, dazzling, queer and radical, Royals is a love story between unlikely friends from completely different worlds. It's about the power of art to transform lives and the power of families to destroy them. It's about working out who you are and what you want. It's a tale of giddy happiness, crushing lows and, ultimately, the fragility of lives lived too fast.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 466 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
'Both a beautifully observed coming-of-age tale and a lovely examination of the addictive joy of friendship' - i
'Charming, witty and touching, an Eighties Breakfast at Tiffany's' - David Nicholls
'Honest, provocative and disarmingly funny' - The Guardian
'A grand romance ... Valuably disrupts conventional notions of love' - The Mail on Sunday
'The coolest book you'll read this year' - Red
'Glamorous, moving, tragic, dazzling ... I'm incoherent with love for it ... Such a gifted writer, such an utter pleasure to read' - Marian Keyes
'Elegant, sexy, tender, wild ... A beautiful, beautiful book ...The deepest, saddest, funniest, most surprising friendship story I've read in a long time, unlike any I've ever read before ... It made me reel and rejoice. I loved them so much' - Emma Jane Unsworth
'Glitzy ... The jauntily comic tone here softens what ultimately proves to be a sad story of lost illusions' - Anthony Cummins, The Daily Mail
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