I am delighted to have received the following awards:
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.
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.
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.