An excellent debut - though I suspect this may not be Amelia C Wilson’s first work judging by the skillful writing.
Twenty year old Max Atkinson lives an unfulfilling life in a northern English village, enduring constant berating from his contentious mother. An offer to escape to London with his best friend, Hannah, proves irresistible and he travels to the big city feeling excited about what this land of opportunity might offer.
He soon becomes acquainted with a group of Hannah’s friends and is pulled into the world of gay night clubs and saunas. It’s the eighties and this is a young man free from the chains of his parents in a tempting and promiscuous new environment. His first encounters are frequent and reckless. Realising he likes London too much to return back home, he takes on jobs and decides to move there permanently. And it’s not long before he starts to grow find of his new neighbour, Adam.
Without giving key plot points away, this story is a well told drama set during the eighties at the height of the outbreak of HIV and AIDS. It deals with friendship, family dynamics, a young man discovering his sexuality and falling in love at the same time as dealing with the fear and stigma surrounding the disease.
Amelia C Wilson writes this romantic drama well, paying particular attention to the dynamics between the characters. There are happy and sad moments and it is stark in the telling of its subject matter. The description is great and the dialogue is sharp and natural. I can’t wait to see what this talented author comes up with next.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2027 KB
- Print Length: 338 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1088489524
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07W7MG49D
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 11 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #951,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)