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Named after the main character in his mother’s infamous Oliver novels, Ollie’s been fighting his fictional namesake his whole life. It’s a battle for identity he is slowly and inevitably losing. Ex-army PTI Tom knows all about battles—the real ones that break soldiers. When he volunteers to help with the Oliver situation, Ollie hears more in the offer than Tom apparently i ...more
ebook, 217 pages
Published January 15th 2016 by MLR Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars, rounded up for making me cry in a good way*

Ollie Always was my first experience with John Wiltshire but I guarantee you that it won't be my last.

This book really stood out among other books in the M/M genre. First of all, the writing was beautiful, just dreamily romantic and very atmospheric. I was right there with these guys in the New Zealand countryside, and I got right into the zone with this story.

My 3.5 stars is pretty deceptive because this book was something special. Though
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Tess
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This is much different from the author's other books, yet with a romance that was just as appealing to me.

This is mostly Ollie's story and he has his flaws. Ollie has struggled his whole life to separate and distance himself from his mother's literary creation, Oliver Fitzroy. He doesn't always know where Oliver ends and Ollie begins and neither does anyone else in his life, which has had a hugely damaging effect on him. This becomes clearer when one understands more about what happens
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A.B. Gayle
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I had heard that a lot of this book drew on the author's own experiences, so at times I was distracted by wondering which bits were autobiographical and which just drew on thoughts and experiences.

In the end, I relaxed and took the story as it came. And there were many things to like about this book. First off, the scene where he manipulated the "meeting" was hilarious as were the books titles that followed.

Then there is Ollie. I felt for him trying to find a place for himself given the overwhe
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♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
4.5 wonderful beautiful unique stars on Prism Book Alliance®

Ollie. Always. And Tom. With tea and shortbread biscuits. These two, their personalities erected brick by brick, with humor, and pasts and many other things that intrigued me, all made me want to get to know them. Mission accomplished in getting me interested in this story from page one.

Despite both the main characters holding things close to their respective vests, I felt the heart of this story, right there out in the open, ready to b
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Breann
John Wiltshire continues to charm me with his beautiful writing and heart-stopping suspense.

Ollie was lost and struggling to find his own identity. He was named after the main protagonist in his mother's famous book series. Ollie's life and the life of the fictional Oliver often overlapped and it was messing with Ollie's sanity.

Then Tom came along. Tom who both hurt Ollie and saved him.

This is some sloooowwww burn right here. Ollie refuses to admit he's gay, mostly because Oliver (from his mothe
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Marte - Thunderella


**** 4,5 stars ****


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"What do I need to do to make you stay, Ollie?" (...)
"Tell me that you'll always be here if I do." (...)
"I think I've been telling you that since we met... Ollie-Always."

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Ah, this was such a great book! Complex characters, slow build, twist and funny moments!


The books starts out one way and you kinda think were the story is going, but then Wiltshire does a number on me and surprises me, typical his Wiltshir
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Ulysses Dietz
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ollie Always
By John Wiltshire
MLR Press, 2016
Cover by Molly Wright
ISBN: 978-1-60820-999-6
Four stars

Wiltshire writes such interesting, offbeat stories. He pushes the romance genre to its edge, sometimes beyond my own personal comfort zone – he’s familiar with the kind of gay men I’ve spent most of my life avoiding. But he also presents you with challenges in his books: you have to learn to love these folks even though you want to despise them. “Ollie Always” is also filled with a kind of wry, dark
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Bev

4.5 stars from me, a lovely slow-burn romance between two guys who both deserved more from life.

Ollie, the main character and from whose POV the story was told, suffered from being his mother's muse for her pornographic series of gay books..even though there was a chance he possibly wasn't gay. Oliver Fitzroy, the slutty main character, was always better than Ollie at everything, and needless to say, Ollie had an inferiority complex the size of a house cos everyone thought the books were based
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Leanne
I practically inhaled this book.
If it hadn't been for pesky work today I would have read it in one sitting.

Ollie, dear. I loved you to bits you complicated, wounded, funny, beautiful soul. So glad you got your HEA.

I dunno. I'm all out of words.
Wiltshire's words are so so good, though.

Highly recommended.

Elena
I wouldn't even know how to begin to review this book.
The only words that come to mind are original, unusual, surprising, dysfunctional and beautiful.
I thought I knew where the story was headed and I was right, but then it took me completely in another direction. Even if I didn't always liked the MC(s), I kind of loved it and I'm sure I won't forget this book anytime soon.
Simon
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great observational humour, the very best kind of humour IMHO.
The two stand alone novels that J.W. has penned to date are both similar in observational humour and both have an undercurrent of deep sadness, or is that just me and Ollie?
"Ollie had spent his formative years reading a great deal into a single word and a well-placed comma. But perhaps he'd read more into those author's choice of words than they had intended."?
Yes, like everyone else that has expressed their opinions on this novel, I
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Kaje Harper
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, light
It's hard to come up with a new, never-used backstory that can carry both humor and angst. This one is an imaginative success, as Ollie's problems arise from his mother's writing career. He has spent his life dealing with a mother who has a hard time separating life from fiction, and who loves her fictional creation as much as her flesh-and-blood son. It's not just the fact that she named Ollie after the sexually-precocious boy in her books, but that she keeps pulling his life into that fictiona ...more
Alison
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, queer, my-e-things, nz
This is a gorgeous book and I loved it. I've loved everything I've read by John Wiltshire. It's an unconventional love story (in that lovely John Wiltshire way) and an emotional rollercoaster ride. This book runs the gamut, feeling-wise--it's cheerful, funny, horrific, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and filled with both profound joy and the deepest misery. I was looking forward to this one partly because it takes place in New Zealand, which is where both I and John Wiltshire live. I was delighted ...more
Katie
I don't have a problem saying I was hesitant about reading this book. John Wiltshire is a new-to-me author, and that's always a tiny bit nerve-wracking. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE finding an author I've never read and enjoying their work. But, it's always a crapshoot. And it makes me nervous.

This? My mind is bent. It has been twisted into new and--what I thought--impossible shapes by this story.

So, Ollie/Oliver/Ollie Always is a thoroughly lost soul with too much privilege to see a clear path (r
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Nerea
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Oh my! A total melodrama!
Ollie life going down step by step!


This book is a rollercoaster!!
Fun , angst. , romantic, decadent , exiting , sad, then fun again and go on…

I hate Ollie’s mother! Seriously she’s totally crazy :( and made Ollie's life a nightmare!! And then I need to believe she made all for him? Oh gosh NO!! All the books issues? Sick!

I'm happy at least that we have a HEA for Ollie! Poor boy :”(

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Julie
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I believe that I am incapable of reading a John Wiltshire novel without completely gushing about it afterward. I loved Ollie Always. It felt so personal and heartfelt. As I've come to expect with JW's writing, it was intelligent and romantic with characters you can't help but fall in love with. Really quite an experience and I can't recommend it enough.
Sarah
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I really do adore this authors work, it is such good reading. Very angsty, romantic and I can't wait for more.
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
3.5 stars
Review @Ohmyshelves Blog

Conflicted, Bewilderment, Unexpected Emotions are some of the terms that I would use to describe this book. I really like John Wiltshire's writing alot, and I found it hard at times to read this and not compare Ollie & Tom to Nik & Ben. I seen alot of similarities between the two, but these are different characters. It feels very personal to the author, almost like he wrote a bit of himself in the story. I kinda think both characters show similar traits of him. I
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Rusty
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wondered why an author with an incredibly popular series (More Heat Than the Sun) would want to spent time writing a different novel. Now I know. This was a departure from the insanely good plot-driven novels about Nik and Ben, and turned out to be a very thought-provoking story about growing up and forging your own way in life, which still had all the John Wiltshire brilliance I've come to rely on.
Ollie and Tom could not be more different, one rich and drifting almost aimlessly, trying to wri
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Nazanin
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved the writing, the humour, the romance, basically, loved everything. I also found it very unique, which explains why it's now in my favorites shelf.
Kyle
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is difficult to begin what promises to be a very clumsy review in an endeavour to do what should be adequate justice to the author's work, a herculean task if ever there was one. The experience of reading Ollie Always closely resembled sitting on Princess Wharf in Auckland, gazing lyrically over the stunning awe that seawater inspires in one's mind. It is a pleasure that could not possibly be more organic, a joy that incites speechlessness and soft whispers of pitifully exclaimed joy, which o ...more
Shanen
10 stars...5 stars aren't enough.
I started this book early early this morning..finished just now. Its cliched to say I couldn't put it down..I could have but I didn't want to so I didn't.
I loved every single second of Ollie Always...from the first line to the last line. I laughed, I cried, was outraged, was devastated, swooned, swayed with John's pure magical writing style. Magical romance filled with words and phrases I have no idea what they mean until I look them up haha I guess I am a littl
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Harshini
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very different to John's other books, but there was still a deep underlying theme of Ollie finding himself. Some Of the things i loved were how Oliie goes off in his head imagining all these different scenarios, none of which are true, the humour, and of course the dog!

Some quotes
"ideas_for_the_book.doc. It was still depressingly blank. Had he honestly hoped some inspiration would hit him whilst perusing cats sitting in circles or standing on their hind legs? No, he’d prayed the page might magic
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La*La
4.25 stars.

This book was such an emotional roller-coaster. It made me laugh, it made me sad, outraged, sick, it made my heart ache and warm.

It was totally unique, and then predictable, and then unique again.

It was hard to believe and it was OTT, and then it was all too realistic.

I don't know how to feel about it. I don't really know how to rate it.

But I fiercely loved Ollie...so wanted to hug him and protect him from the incredibly cruel world.
LexyLovesBooks
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finally got to reading this yesterday and absolutely devoured it...I'm a little tired this morning as I stayed up quite late to finish it (certainly a sign of a good book).

What can I say really...loved it. Beautifully written, wonderful story and great characters. Drama that didn't feel contrived...great, great stuff!
April
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance
Lovely contemporary romance about a writer-wannabe who probably would be wiser if he'd stay as far away from books as possible. Ollie is already the product of a life haunted by his famous-author mother's fictional character with the same name. In a vain attempt to distinguish himself, he is Ollie, Always, a name his mother and her friends totally ignore.

Ollie is almost the quintessential poor little rich boy. He feels useless existing on his mother's money. He's got horrible memories of his po
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aleks
Ollie, the main character, drinks wine from a pint glass at 10 am, eats nothing but shortbread, wallows in self-pity, procrastinates by watching cat videos, stalks the postman because he's lonely, and when he tries to orchestrate a meeting with his crush, he pulls a muscle and ends up with shit smeared all over his hand. Basically, me in five years. Only this book has character development, and my life doesn't. He's kind of like Draco Malfoy, now that I think about it, Ollie. Like Draco Malfoy i ...more
Rynn Yumako
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, mm
I devoured this book in a matter of hours. It has been... quite a journey.

I don't even know where to begin with this one.

I already knew that I loved the author's writing having already read most of the More Heat Than the Sun series by him, but this book was on a completely other level. It was just so hearbreakingly, stunningly beautiful and eloquent, so wonderfully thought-out, every little piece just fell into place as you read on... gosh, it was just amazing. I was even truly shocked by the r
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Ladymol
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I gave this one a 5-star rating and then came back to review it properly because I wanted to read it for a second time. This was a novel of slowly revealing identity and it needed a second reading to fully appreciate all the little hints and details I missed the first time around. Fans of John Wiltshire won't be disappointed in this novel, as a lot of his familiar themes are there: great main characters, witty dialogue, great plot, and a cute dog. But I think this might bring some new fans in as ...more
Traci
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. I got lost in the words and immersed in his clever deliveries. I LOVE all of John Wiltshire's books but this one now has a special place in my heart.

I loved this story. I got lost in the words and immersed in his clever deliveries. I LOVE all of John Wiltshire's books but this one now has a special place in my heart.
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