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Rory's Boys

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Paperback, 249 pages
Published December 16th 2011 by Bliss (first published June 23rd 2011)
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To quote from the New York Journal of Books (Aug 2011)
“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 . . .”
If Alan Clark had sat down and written a list of what to include in an extremely racy yet almost mainstream book centred on a very modern gay man, he’d have come up with exactly what makes Rory’s Boys an incredibly good read:
Our first introduction to Rory is fairly inauspicious; in early middle age, he continues to shy away from meaningful relationships while trying to cling to his fading youth. His completely unexpected inheritance, along with a growing friendship with Vic d'Orsay, a gay singer who was a contemporary of his grandmother’s, sets his life on a new and unusual path.

The novel explores a very real issue, that of the problems faced by the elderly gay population. This group of people is practically invisib
Jack Scott
Born to privilege, Rory Blaine had the perfect designer life – the job, the penthouse, the car, the pecs and the shrink – but still there was a big black hole at the heart of Rory’s hedonistic world. Then a chance meeting by a death bed set Rory off in a wholly unexpected direction. Clever, perceptive, witty, elegantly written and tinged with farce, Rory’s Boys delivers a tale of discovery, hope and redemption for the post-liberation age wrapped around the story of Britain’s first retirement hom ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Alan Clark draws you into the story right from the beginning. Inheriting his grandmother,s crumbling mansion, Rory Blaine decides to create the first retirement home for gay men . Thirty years earlier teenage Rory had been exciled from the house when his sexuality was discovered. Now in his forties , beneath his touch carefree exterior he remains lonely and rootless. The prospective residents are an eclectic bunch, united only by a longing to grow old in a sympathetic haven, But the project beco ...more
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
‘My story was more complex than I had known it to be...'

Rory Blaine is a very successful advertising executive in London who discovers the grandmother he has been estranged from for many years is now close to death. He reluctantly visits her and whilst there meets Vic d'Orsay, a popular singer now in his seventies but still going strong. When his grandmother passes away, Rory is surprised to inherit his grand familial home, Mount Royal in Hampstead, a place that holds many memories for him, but
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