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Posted July 17, 2011
When Rory Blaine inherits his grandmother's crumbling London mansion, he's persuaded to create Britain's first retirement home for gay men. Thirty years earlier, the teenage Rory had been exiled from the house, the only home he'd ever known, when his sexuality was discovered. Now middle-aged, he appears to be a tough, carefree hedonist but in reality is rootless, damaged and lonely. The prospective residents, Rory's 'boys', are an eclectic bunch, united only by healthy bank balances and a longing to grow old in a sympathetic haven. But the project becomes threatened, not only when the house is 'outed' by the tabloids but by Rory's complex and shifting relationships with his new young partner Faisal, with Vic d'Orsay, an elderly singing star who has funded the restoration for mysterious reasons and, above all, with the carefully constructed character he has built around himself. And then, suddenly, there is a woman in his life.... Funny, sharp and moving, Rory's Boys is about one man's struggle to accept who he is and about the need most of us have to find some sort of family. "A very, very good writer. Alan Clark writes with intelligence, warmth,bravery and wit about subjects that are to do with how we choose to live our lives." Sue Townsend "Alan Clark takes his selfish but redeemable hero Rory Blaine and pulls him through this metrosexual and homosexual glance at Great Expectations with a pace to die for. Funny, touching and as readable as anything you will read this year." John Sessions "A luxurious retirement home for well-heeled gay men is a wonderful conceit, full of potential for high comedy, bathos, pathos and the whole damn thing. Alan Clark fully exploits his theme and there's more than a touch of E F Benson and Patrick Dennis about the outre Rory's Boys." Peter Burton "Enormous charm and warmth and also a great deal of humour without losing sight of the underlying issues which are genuinely serious and important. It is good fun." Sara Maitland "Smart, poignant and sharper than a scalpel." Ivan Massow "Funny, touching, tender, true .... wonderfully rich and wry." Gyles BrandrethWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.