"A NEW APPROACH TO GAY LITERATURE – DRUGS, BATTLE, SPIRITUALITY, LOVE AND LUST"
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Life isn’t always as it seems” – no truer quotation could summarise the leading character of Lee Collins' novel, ‘Sun, Sea and a Contemporary Art Gallery’. A strong character who builds a successful life in 1980's London, Berkeley Riley hides his sexuality, his true passions and his drug addiction from those who matter to him. Meeting Roberto, a Tenerife-based Italian, in a bar one night changes Berkeley’s life forever. Lust leads to action as Berkeley leaves to start a fresh life in Tenerife, believing that the power of attraction will be all he needs to support him. However, when the relationship fails, Berkeley has no choice but to start afresh in Spain.
Merging comedy and pain, love and fear, and deception with chronic vulnerability, ‘Sun, Sea and a Contemporary Art Gallery’ passionately explores the realities of life in a way that all readers can relate to and in a manner that engenders empathy and sensibility with the principle character.
Extracts from the book:
“Berkeley pictured Ali lying in a bunker somewhere, wincing at the noise of bombs and shotguns, huddled up in a ball praying that somebody would put an end to the massacre. Seeing villages where he had once played as a child being burnt to the ground with the hit of a single bomb. Houses crashing down around him. The screaming of men who had been wounded by gun blast.”
“Berkeley felt a little flustered by the fact that she obviously knew something about art. He was hesitant to engage in conversation with her, but in the few words she had said to him, he detected a slight accent. In trying to move away from the subject of art, he thought he would detract her by finding out where her accent was from.” “Roberto’s face flashed before his eyes and Berkeley was reminded that angels can also be the devil in disguise.”