A novel by Alan Clark
Top 10 finalist for 2012 Polari First Book Prize
When Rory Blaine inherits his grandmother’s crumbling London mansion, he’s persuaded to create Britain’s first retirement home for gay men. Thirty years earlier, the teenage Rory had been exiled from the house, the only home he’d ever known, when his sexuality was discovered. Now middle-aged, he appears to be a tough, carefree hedonist but in reality is rootless, damaged and lonely.
The prospective residents, Rory’s ‘boys’, are an eclectic bunch, united only by healthy bank balances and a longing to grow old in a sympathetic haven. But the project becomes threatened, not only when the house is ‘outed’ by the tabloids but by Rory’s complex and shifting relationships with his new young partner Faisal, with Vic d’Orsay, an elderly singing star who has funded the restoration for mysterious reasons and, above all, with the carefully constructed character he has built around himself. And then, suddenly, there is a woman in his life…
Funny, sharp and moving, Rory's Boys is about one man's struggle to accept who he is and about the need most of us have to find some sort of family.
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"Sharp wit - by the bucketful!...what a journey!..an incredibly good read. Rory's Boys will undoubtedly be acclaimed as one of the most funny books of 2011, and is deserving of a wide audience..";
"A very, very good writer. Alan Clark writes with intelligence, warmth, bravery and wit about the subjects that are to do with how we choose to live our lives."