Blood Relatives by Stevan Alcock

Blood Relatives

Stevan Alcock

Leeds in the 1970s, the Yorkshire Ripper is on the loose and fear stalks the streets. This is the background against which Rick, a very smart gay 16-year-old, strives to find his identity. Convincing descriptions of how difficult life was when homosexuality was still an underground existence. This was the start of the Gay Liberation Movement and the Punk phenomena. Grim reading but a great main character. A debut novel in Yorkshire dialect.



Extract

Maybe, I thought, I should introduce mesen. Hello, I'm Rick. Is this the Gay Lib meeting? Like the friggin' AA. What if they worn't lesbos at all? What if tonight wor quiz night? One of them even had long blond hair. What if, being lesbos,they didn't speak to men?

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  • London Tryptich by Jonathan Kemp
  • The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

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