Set in England, Australia and the high seas, this work talks about two gay lives, one comfortable and middle class, the other working class and challenging. A doctor discovers the cook of one of his patients, in a shelter on the Bournemouth cliffs. She is pregnant and ill - and dies giving birth to a son. The GP's wife is willing to adopt the boy, but her husband thinks it would be unfair on their son James. The boy, Henry, is sent to an orphanage where, at eleven, he is seduced by the priest in charge. He joins the Merchant Navy and becomes a steward on the Queen Elizabeth. Meanwhile, the more privileged James discovers that he is gay - and that Henry is as well. Throughout Henry's life, he meets James on and off, and longs to be like him. This is the story of two gay lives, one a struggle and the other smooth sailing. It is also British humour at its best, in the tradition of Evelyn Waugh and Ronald Firbank, which through humour makes a poignant case about the snobbery of the middle classes.
Publisher: Arcadia Books
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 181 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 12 mm
"'Highly diverting' - Peter Burton, Gay Times"