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July, 1981. London. Shy, working-class Steven finds solace in beauty. Eighteen years old, he dreams of being a fashion designer. He's also gay, maybe - he hasn't decided yet. There's a lot Steven isn't sure about, like whether he hates himself or thinks he's amazing.

When he ends up in hospital after being brutally attacked by his father, he meets Jasmine, an heiress. Intoxicating, anarchic, fabulous Jasmine. Fuelled by their shared love of fashion, a friendship blossoms and soon, Steven finds himself swept into her hedonistic world, wholly beguiled. However, underneath the glitter and the frivolity, darkness lies.

Devastating, dazzling, queer and radical, Royals is a love story between unlikely friends from completely different worlds. It's about the power of art to transform lives and the power of families to destroy them. It's about working out who you are and what you want. It's a tale of giddy happiness, crushing lows and, ultimately, the fragility of lives lived too fast.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 135 x 216mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408895412
  • 9781408895412
  • 1,411,861

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Touching, funny and very real praise for 'Your Voice in My Head', Gary Shytengart
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Touching, funny and very real -- praise for 'Your Voice in My Head', Gary Shytengart An incredibly gifted writer ... a blistering, transfixing story -- praise for 'Your Voice in My Head', Elizabeth Gilbert Electric, irreverent prose. When people talk about voice, this is what they mean -- praise for 'Cherries in the Snow', Ethan Hawke Flip, shrewd, cool, sure and insightful -- praise for 'Cherries in the Snow' * Independent *
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About Emma Forrest

Emma Forrest has published three novels, an essay collection and the memoir Your Voice In My Head. An Anglo-American currently based in London, she recently wrote and directed her feature debut, Untogether.

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