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Alan Keslian

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I was a Gay Liberation Front activist in London in the 1970s, among other things setting up West London GLF and organising gay dances attended by hundreds in Fulham Town Hall.
I have experienced and benefited from the huge change in attitudes towards Gay men and Lesbians in England and elsewhere during recent decades. During my teenage years, in the UK any sex between men was a crime, whereas now civil partnership offers a legal status on a par with marriage, and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation is increasingly outlawed. This transformation has huge implications for gay relationships, and my motive in writing is to explore the impact of this new freedom and portray its effects. My first novel, Goodmans Hotel, was published in
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Goodmans Hotel

2.93 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 2002 — 5 editions
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A Gay Humanist Manifesto

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I very much admire this author's short stories and novel "The Great Gatsby", but I found this book difficult. It is an early work, and much of the story is about the life of a rich boy at home in the US and later attending Princeton, and then life af ...more
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“In the best of times, our days are numbered anyway. So it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly that it put off enjoying those things for which we were designed in the first place: the opportunity to do good work, to enjoy friends, to fall in love, to hit a ball, and to bounce a baby.”
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Rae Gee Hi Alan!

Great to meet you! Been really enjoying your writing and hope to see more from you soon!

Have a great weekend. :)
Rae :) x


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