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50 Ways of Saying Fabulous: Book 1  20th Anniversary Edition by [Aitken, Graeme]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Billy-Boy preferred culture to cows, but when you’re the only son of a rugby-loving Kiwi farmer, you buckle down and do your chores.

And escape into a fantasy world of cross-dressing and theatricals at every other opportunity!

Sweet, fat, theatrical Billy-Boy was never cut out to be a farmer, but as his father’s only son he’s obliged to try. The cows are wayward and the chores are gruelling, but Billy finds escape in a fantasy world. A place where the turnip paddock becomes a lunar landscape, a lavender bed jacket a slinky space suit, a cow’s tail a head of beautiful blonde hair, and where Billy can become Judy Robinson, heroine of TV’s 'Lost in Space'.

But in an isolated conservative farming community in New Zealand, not everyone approves of Billy’s transformation. On the brink of adolescence, Billy is beginning to discover that growing up is far more complicated and confusing than he could ever have imagined. While the mysteries of sex confound him, emotions are unleashed which urge Billy to betray those closest to him.

˃˃˃ '50 Ways of Saying Fabulous' is a poignant and endearingly comic novel.

Anyone who grew up in a small town, grew up feeling that they didn’t fit in, or simply grew up will find this book funny, touching and unforgettably evocative of childhood lost.

˃˃˃ Praise for '50 Ways of Saying Fabulous':

'I loved this funny sad tale of growing up a sissy in New Zealand. Graeme Aitken proves that even the most extraordinary events can occur to wonderfully ordinary people. If I knew fifty ways of saying fabulous, I’d use them all to praise this charming first novel.’ EDMUND WHITE

'Thoroughly engaging.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

'A funny but also achingly sad first novel'. OBSERVER

'A sort of gay Adrian Mole ... There are laughs aplenty but also moments of agony ... Told with bare faced honesty, it is a warm, cruel, funny tale.' THE SUNDAY AGE

'Touching and sad, '50 Ways of Saying Fabulous' also has some very funny moments.' THE TIMES

'An entertainment, a gentle, poignant story of a fat boy who fantasises romance and glamour without yet having a name for what he is ... Aitken writes with a distinctive voice, one that is wonderfully evocative.' DENNIS ALTMAN, THE AGE

'... an important work ... What Aitken has demonstrated fabulously is his skill in the art of telling a good story ... his honesty and fearlessness in confronting those squirmy adolescent secrets is to be admired.' CANBERRA TIMES


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6514 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: 20Ten Books (28 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WUQMBR2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,138 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Those tender, bewildering years can be so brutal. I laughed and gasped! I was right there with the hero, the writing made his voice so clear. It ended suddenly and I need to know what happened to Billy Boy Athol at boarding school...
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I love this NZ coming of age novel with a twist. Delightful and funny from the first page, but with an undercurrent that can shock and surprise. A wonderful read!
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A great story about a boy growing up and being different in rural New Zealand. Imaginative, funny and honest. More please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spacemen in country New Zealand 25 June 2015
By James George - Published on Amazon.com
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Who would have thought there would be spacemen in central Otago at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand? This and other fabulous scenarios fill young Billy's adventures as he questions himself and his life growing up in that beautiful province, so evocatively captured in Graeme Aitkins' novel of adolescence and dreaming. Aitkens' Book 1 sets the scene of a young boy's growth into early manhood, alongside spectacular backdrops, family, close friends and yearning for what might be. Highly original and entertaining, I am looking forward to Book 2 to follow Billy's growth and development with the promise of sexual tensions to be explored and perhaps realised.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I was ambivalent... 11 June 2016
By RN Chicago - Published on Amazon.com
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This seems to be an unfinished novel or perhaps one half of a novel. It's a story of a NZ farmer boy coming to the realization that he is gay and/or transgendered. It was well written, somewhat interesting, and a bit humorous. But I turned to the next chapter and there wasn't one. There was no conclusion. Everything is left hanging. I felt cheated.
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic depiction of rural New Zealand 28 June 2016
By Rayne - Published on Amazon.com
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As the author is a gay man who came from a farming background, it's not surprising that the depiction of rural New Zealand is completely spot-on. The characters are interesting and realistic and this first book left me wondering what kind of adults these kids will grow into
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and funny story 12 June 2015
By craig stevens - Published on Amazon.com
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A great story about a boy growing up and being different in rural New Zealand. Imaginative, funny and honest. More please!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 16 October 2015
By JWerd - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting twist of childhood sexuality. I don't like how it ended:.. Cliff hanger but I can see why it's been read so many times over the years.

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