I am delighted to have received the following awards:
The Northern Elements
The Northern Elements is excellent: skilful story – telling which conjures up childhoods we all recognise whatever our age or gender. Put aside enough time to start and finish the book in one sitting as you won’t want to put it down.
This beguiling novel is a fitting sequel to The Northern Elements. It is set again in Blackburn, mostly in the sixties, but reaches forward over several decades. It could, however, have been set in any poor working community in the United Kingdom. It charts the diverging lives of two boys born into near identical circumstances. As they grow up so the face of the town changes, not always for the better. The book asks how it can be that the lives of these two lads, with such similar beginnings, can follow such different trajectories with such different outcomes.
What is beguiling is the development of their friendship over time. It seems deceptively simple, as Thomson lures us in with banter and mischief, which is often very funny indeed. Thomson has an excellent ear and the dialogue is authentic and often witty. As Stuart’s life begins to brighten with opportunities, Ben’s begins to follow a more treacherous path. The humour is still there but it is darker.
Lord Lindum’s Anus Horribilis
Outrageous, hilarious and borderline surreal, Ian Thomson’s monstrous creation and his long-suffering but devious butler Fiskerton are unforgettable in this romp through the unique challenges of 2020. Richly entertaining.
Lord Lindum’s Anus Mirabilis
LORD LINDUM’S ANUS HORRIBILIS traced his lordship’s woes and tribulations through 2020, not least among them, gout, the piles, and the coronavirus. Will 2021 be any better?
A meteorite lands in a Gloucestershire garden, a walrus basks on the lifeboat slipway in Tenby, meteors light up the night sky in the West Country, and a rare white deer is found wandering the streets of Bootle. Do these signs and portents signify his lordship’s Year of Wonders, or is it the End Times?
Ian Thomson’s first novel Martin is compelling from the very outset, as Robert Reith, the narrator-protagonist, drunk, his life for reasons as yet unknown on the rocks, seeks to enlist the support of us, his readers. It soon becomes clear that he will be spiky but entertaining company, capable of wistfulness for sure, but often cynical, opinionated and seemingly amoral. But at least you can say that he is ruthlessly honest about his own shortcomings.
A Dish of Apricots
This is a serious – but amusing – novel with interest far beyond gay readership. It is a book about love, relationships, trust and other timeless themes. The gay content is minimal, and to some extent, irrelevant. It’s the progress of a life that veers from affluence to destitution and back. Great observations, good laughs and very moving moments (that are never bathetic) along with Thomson’s excellent writing make this a book to spend time with.