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Angel [Kindle Edition]

Alex Norris
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Cambridge University isn't everything Lewis wanted it to be. Still hung up on a lost love affair from the past and surrounded by friends he loves and loathes in equal measure, Lewis' life takes a dramatic turn after a chance encounter with homeless Rosie. Desperately seeking meaning among the vacuous student lifestyle, Lewis embarks on a quest to help those without homes and without voices.

Through a string of secret and sordid affairs with strange men he meets online, Lewis tries to raise money for his new homeless friends. Along the way he'll encounter a transvestite with the lips of Brigitte Bardot, a gorgeous French traveler, and a slew of lonely men willing to pay for satisfaction.

But as Lewis delves further into the depraved, secret life of Cambridge's backstreets, his faith in humanity and hope for his own future decline rapidly. How low is he willing to sink to make some cash?

About the Author

I am a writer from England, currently living in Cambridge, working hard to finish my university degree in Spanish and Russian. My passion for writing stretches longer than my memory does. I vaguely recall sitting in my living room as a child of around four years old, writing a story about a petulant kid who would answer all of his parents' demands with "if I have to." It has yet to win the Pulitzer prize, but at least it amused my family. As I grew older, my subject matter ranged from talking bears with a thirst for adventure to ghost stories, fueled by my childhood love of 'Goosebumps' books and my own overactive imagination. I have always been an avid reader, and my own stories have been inspired by everything from the classics to contemporary cult fiction. In 2010 I was lucky enough to be granted a place to study at Cambridge University, a place steeped in history and expectation. It was after my second year here that I began work on my debut novel, Angel, loosely based on some of my own experiences in Cambridge along with my constant urge to wonder 'what if...' Angel was released in 2013 and is currently available in both eBook and paperback formats. As I grow older and leave university, it is my hope that I will be lucky enough to continue writing, as there are so many more themes I want to explore. My stories are driven by real life problems, youth culture and sexuality. I am a keen follower of pop culture and this also plays a big part in my writing. Ever since I was a teenager, I found pop music was able to express my own feelings in much more clarity than I could ever hope for. Music and literature are my two biggest passions, and I believe they are intrinsically linked. Aside from this, I am deeply passionate about worldwide LGBT rights and the protection of animals - both big and small. I have a blog which can be found at www.alexnorrisbooks.com as well as a Facebook page - please do give me a like if you've enjoyed my work! Thanks!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00DU4XYQU
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Creativia (15 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOR5N5G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #392,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My name is Alex Norris and I am a writer based in Cambridge, UK.

My passion for writing stretches longer than does my memory. I vaguely recall sitting in my living room as a child of around four years old, writing a story about a petulant kid who would answer all of his parents' demands with "if I have to". It has yet to win the Pulitzer prize, but at least it amused my family.

As I grew older, my subject matter ranged from talking bears with a thirst for adventure to various ghost stories, fueled by my childhood love of 'Goosebumps' books and my own overactive imagination. I have always been an avid reader, and my own stories have been inspired by everything from the classics to contemporary cult fiction.

In 2010 I was lucky enough to be granted a place to study at Cambridge University to study Spanish and Russian. It was after my second year there that I began work on my debut novel, Angel, loosely based on some of my own experiences at the university. Angel was released in 2013, and is currently available in both eBook and paperback formats. Just over a year later, in August 2014, I released my second full length novel, One Week Of Summer, via Amazon.

Now I have graduated from university, I am continuing to write as much as I can, as there are so many more themes I want to explore. My stories are primarily driven by real life problems, youth culture and sexuality.
I am a keen follower of pop culture and this also plays a big part in my writing. Ever since I was a teenager, I found pop music was able to express my own feelings with much more clarity than I could ever hope for. The likes of Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey. Pete Doherty and Björk have all had a huge impact on me and my writing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SELF-AWARENESS TALE 19 Oct 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I don’t ordinarily read M/M stories, but I’m glad I did this one. It took a while for me to get into the story, not because of the gay theme, but for the different cultural and younger generation difference. I never heard of half the musicians / bands mentioned in the story. LOL.

Suffering from a broken heart, Lewis goes to the local club to get roaring drunk with his fellow college friends, when he stumbles across a homeless woman named Rosie. Through her he hears about a church that one day a week offers a free meal for the homeless and elder residents of the area. Feeling worthless and lonely, he decides to volunteer at the church and it opens his eyes to the REAL world around him. Because he comes from an affluent family who can afford to send him to Cambridge, he starts wondering why he was so lucky and how can he help all the homeless people that are so easily ignored.

This is a well-written self-awareness tale. Lewis puts himself in risky and dangerous situations to help the homeless people he has come to know and love. Harry, the painter, that Lewis gives money to so Harry can continue his painting / graffiti around the town. But Lewis wasn’t prepared for what Harry finally painted. LOL. And then there’s Rosie who’s afraid to move into a hostel to get out of the freezing cold, because of past events.

The characters are real as well as the settings. There is some sexual context, but not overly graphic. If you’re not offended by M/M I highly recommend this book and give it 5 feathers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Read 16 Oct 2014
Format:Paperback
This is without doubt one of the most original novels I've read in a while. The premise is unlike any I've previously read, and I applaud the author for that. We're all aware of the plight faced by so many people who, for various reasons, find themselves living on the streets. Many of us wish we could do more to help. In 'Angel', however, the young hero seeks to do his bit for the homeless community of Cambridge, risking his education, his friendships, and his own morals in the process.

All it takes is a single chance encounter to knock twenty-year-old Lewis Blake from his predictable course and send his world spinning off its axis. Already upset over a recent break-up, he is drunk and tearful after a night out with his friends when he meets homeless Rosie. Her kindness and courage touch Lewis, and talking with her opens his eyes to the hardships endured by those forced to sleep rough. All at once, his life at the university studying English Literature seems pointless. Why waste time analyzing fiction when there are countless individuals in need of aid?

Fueled by good intentions, Lewis gives up his Saturdays to volunteer at Revitalize, an organization that provides the homeless and disadvantaged with company and a hot meal. It isn't enough. Yet, to truly make a difference, he needs money. This realization sets Lewis on a dubious path of deceit and seedy liaisons as he goes about selling his only asset. His body. The one antidote to his increasing disillusionment is Francois, a sexy fellow volunteer to whom Lewis is instantly attracted, and who he dares to hope might return his interest.

Alex Norris was himself a student at Cambridge at the time of writing this book, which lends a real authenticity to his descriptions of the city and university life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Sort of Novel 16 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Depressed and disillusioned after breaking up with his boyfriend, Lewis is unsure what he really wants to do with his life. His lectures hold little interest to him anymore and all his friends seem vain and shallow. Surely there's more to life than this?

Meeting a homeless woman called Rosie, she points him in the direction of Revitalize, a group that offers a free meal to those down on their luck every Saturday. Lewis turns up and finds he really likes helping people and wishes he could do more. It's winter and snowing, and most of the people are out on the streets without even a blanket or sleeping bag.

But like the people he wants to help, like most students Lewis is broke and can't really afford to help.

He's been on a dating website and a couple of times he's had offers from older men who would 'gladly pay you for your time.'

Lewis debates this for a good while and then decides to take them up on their offer to grant sexual favours for money.

Now, despite there being sexual scenes in the book, this is not erotica or romance. The encounters Lewis has are written in such a way that the reader probably feels as about uncomfortable as Lewis does during them. He feels dirty and used, but still keeps doing it in order to get more money to help the homeless.

Lewis is a wonderful, conflicted character and as the book is entirely in his first person point of view, that's who you relate to the most. Some of the other characters felt a bit flat, like Lewis' frineds at UNI. I don't know whether they were really that shallow or whether it was just because we were seeing them through his eyes.

One character who was very well-drawn, was the trans character of Jamil/Brigitte, but we didn't get to see as much of them.
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