Venus as a Boy
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Venus as a Boy

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Description

In a room in Soho, a man is turning gold. His flesh, his organs, even his beautiful eyes, are being transformed by some shocking human alchemy into precious deadly metal. And the path to this curious and frightening predicament has itself been filled with incredible moments. It began on South Ronaldsay amongst the singing seals and ancient ruins of Orkney. There a lad grew up with a rare gift for loving - something that proved much trickier than it sounds. He encountered misunderstanding, bullying, loss and heartbreak. And yet the physical heights he reached - and to which he brought others - went far beyond any normal sensual pleasure. This led to the sort of sex that made people see angels. This remarkable story about the power of love veers from stratosphere to gutter, from visions of Heaven to the all-too mortal yearning below for even just one glimpse of it.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 16mm | 81.65g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0747569053
  • 9780747569053
  • 475,201

Review quote

'From the start it glistens with teasing self-confidence, spinning a yarn that has you intrigued ... you end up hooked on the voice which leaves you stunned' Tom Adair, Scotsman 'What a strange and beautiful story this is. It is slight but packed with incident and feeling: raw and poetic, earthy and unearthly. The picaresque flourishes in Sutherland's everyday ... In Sutherland's brutal, tender wonderland, miracles might occur' The Times 'Intense and crackling with streetwise energy ... his writing is powerful, astute and full of promise' Independent 'Sutherland has a way of diving in to the heart of an individual that is enthralling ... he has a sure touch with pacing and phrasing' Carrie O'Grady, Guardianshow more

About Luke Sutherland

Luke Sutherland is a writer and musician. He grew up in the Orkneys and now lives in London. He is the author of two other novels, Jelly Roll, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, and Sweetmeat.show more

Review Text

"From the start it glistens with teasing self-confidence, spinning a yarn that has you intrigued ... you end up hooked on the voice which leaves you stunned." (Tom Adair, Scotsman)show more

Rating details

384 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 30% (117)
4 35% (133)
3 24% (91)
2 8% (31)
1 3% (12)
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