Shameless by Paul Burston

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Martin is kind, decent, not bad on the eyes... and look where that's got him. His boyfriend of four years has run off with a male prostitute, and his friends John and Caroline both have enough excess baggage to fill a Louis Vuitton window display. What's a nice gay man to do? With no one to turn to, Martin decides to relive the wild youth he never had and, at the ripe old age of 32, jumps head-first into hedonism. But soon the nights of drugs, muscle-hard bodies, and even harder music take their toll, and Martin, John, and Caroline find that as fun as being absolutely shameless is (and girl, can it be fun!), it also has a price, one which they may not ultimately be able to pay.

About Paul Burston

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Paul Burston is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist whose novels include 'Shameless' (shortlisted for the State of Britain Award 2001), 'Star People', 'Lovers & Losers' (shortlisted for the Stonewall Award 2007) and 'The Gay Divorcee' (voted Book of the Year by SoSoGay 2010). His short stories have appeared in 'Bloody Vampires' and 'Boys & Girls', which he also edited. Paul is also the host of 'London's peerless gay literary salon' Polari and a curator at the London Literature Festival.
Published September 3, 2007 by Grand Central Publishing. 292 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Martin is only 32, but in the words of his promiscuous, merciless friend, John (think Samantha, from ''Sex and the City''), that's ''practically 50 in gay years.'' Martin dolefully notes that ''if John's theory was correct, then gay men aged at about the same rate as dogs.'' ...

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Burston is wise to ground his story on appealingly befuddled Caroline, even though she and everyone else is in a state of drug-induced obliviousness (a scene depicting Martin's father popping Ecstasy and dancing shirtless during Gay Pride makes even the reader wince).

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