Tuesday, 12 March 2019


This new novella by Jonathan Hill is just as deep and emotional as we've come to expect from him. 

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Book description

That Thursday, the day he started, was the first day in what felt like forever that I didn't consider what the world would be like without me in it.

From the author of the award-winning 'FAG' and 'Not Just a Boy' comes a story of youthful lust, the agonising ambiguity of a close friendship and the fragile nature of truth. 'Offstage' is the tale of a young man's first love in a sleepy seaside town he is desperate to escape.

My review - 

We all remember our first love. We have all loved someone who didn’t love us. There are so many common themes here that I really felt for Daniel, the narrator of the story. He had the added difficulty that he didn’t know if Nathan, the object of his desire, was gay. The anxiety, the elation, the misinterpretation of simple gestures and words, it’s all in here. There’s also a darkness. Daniel finds himself, initially by mistake, embroiled in something deeper than he knew. The story is beautifully written and the Daniel’s feelings displayed in honest and heartfelt prose. It’s both sad and uplifting. Highly recommended reading.

About the author

Jonathan Hill is an author from Manchester, UK. 

His work isn’t confined to one genre, but he has already published a number of gay literary fiction books to high critical acclaim. His debut novel 'FAG', a hard-hitting story set in an English boarding school in the 1930s, was named as the overall winner in the Self-Published and Small Press 2014 Book Awards.

He has also penned the hit comedy series of Maureen books, in addition to numerous short stories and 100-word drabbles. Jonathan firmly believes that writing should not only entertain but also enhance and change the way readers view the world.

When he’s not writing and working as a pharmacist, he enjoys painting, photography and going to the theatre.


Just a thought 

 People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.  Malcolm X

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