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John R Gordon
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31 Jan 2012
A thrilling, hard-edged urban novel of gay Jamaican life in gangsta London by NAACP Image Award Nominee John R Gordon. 'Foreign... me haffi go a foreign...' Outed and driven from his homeland by a murderous mob, gay Jamaican Cutty Munroe arrives in London penniless and desperate. At first he is relieved to be given shelter by Buju Staples, a petty crook on the White City Estate, and his girlfriend Cynthia, but Cynthia soon wants to be rid of this 'wasteman' crashing on her man's sofa. Cutty, however, has nowhere else to go. Traumatised and lonely, Cutty falls in love with Buju, and starts to believe that Buju might share his feelings. One night while out on the rob Cutty makes a move on his spar. And then his troubles really begin... John R Gordon lives and works in London, England. He is the author of three novels, Black Butterflies, (GMP 1993), for which he won a New London Writers' Award; Skin Deep, (GMP 1997); and Warriors & Outlaws (GMP 2001), both of which have been taught on graduate and post-graduate courses on Race & Sexuality in Literature in the United States. He script-edited and wrote for the world's first black gay television show, Patrik-Ian Polk's Noah's Arc (2005-6). In 2007 he wrote the autobiography of America's most famous black gay porn star from taped interviews he conducted, My Life in Porn: the Bobby Blake Story, (Perseus 2008). In 2008 he co-wrote the screenplay for the cult Noah's Arc feature-film, Jumping the Broom (Logo) for which he received a NAACP Image Award nomination. The same year his short film Souljah (directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair) won the Soho Rushes Award for Best Film.

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Team Angelica Publishing (31 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956971911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956971913
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,140,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Team Angelica Publishing is the latest venture from Team Angelica, the ground-breaking film and theatre company, and the brainchild of Team Angelica's founder, multi-award-winning writer-director Rikki Beadle-Blair, creator of the feature-films Fit, KickOff and Bashment, and writer, director and star of cult TV show Metrosexuality.

`The aim of Team Angelica Publishing,' says Rikki, whose anti-homophobic bullying film Fit has been seen by tens of thousands of UK schoolchildren over the last two years, `is to put out work that is transformative, that celebrates difference and diversity, and that has a radical and queer spirit.'

The fledgling imprint's first publications are Rikki's own What I Learned Today, a 365-day guide to self-empowerment and creative self-realisation inspired by his successful Facebook column, and imprint co-founder John R Gordon's novel of gay Yardie life in London, Faggamuffin.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Is Love 14 May 2012
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John Gordon is an extraordinarily talented Writer and whilst I may be a straight white boy from West London I can strongly recommend this finely crafted, moving, visceral & pulsating Book. It's a cracking read, a classic page-turner that has you caring not only about the central characters but EVERY character (always the sign of a good Writer IMHO). There are already some super reviews on here that give a nice outline of the Book's plot and some of the key Characters in it, so I'll not duplicate what's been said already - only adding that in the world we live in, Love is Love, whoever and wherever it comes from and John Gordon's "Faggamuffin" is a richly rewarding testament to this. Hope you buy it, hope you enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good 16 Nov 2013
By Suki
Bloody good story, just finished it. It pulled me along - needed to keep reading. Exciting, convincing. What I found particularly good - real and convincing - were the motivations behind the characters' actions and the dynamics going on between them, especially the triangle of Cynthia-Buju-Cutty inter-relations. I also found it (without being worthy) informative about Jamaican culture and all the specifics of how complex it is to be Jamaican and queer and survive both in Jamaica and here. Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've read in a long time!!! 22 Aug 2013
I cannot stress enough how good 'Faggamuffin' is. John Russell Gordon is an super talented writer. Faggamuffin tells the story of Cutty a young Jamaican arriving in the UK from his homeland and what unfolds from there. I won't spoil it for those that are yet to read it but all I'll say is that it turns out to be a pretty special, epic journey. John R. Gordon's understanding of black gay men is so on point that at times I found it very difficult to read and often read pages with an open gasp. It's so authentic it's spine tingling. However, to perceive this book as a segmented piece of literature partial to the black LGBT experience does not really do justice to what this story is really about and the brilliance of John R. Gordon's writing. Where J Gordon excels the most is in his understanding of human behavior and what makes us tick. This is strongly evident in many of the characters inner monologues, especially Cutty's. They're so well written that every turn of the page takes you right inside the characters head and pulls at your heart strings effortlessly. When there are high's-you feel them. When there are low's-you feel them. And when the story hits a very complete conclusion you are still left wanting more and brainstorming scenarios of what you think life might be like for Cutty and the rest of the characters after the books end. I shed tears of joy and sadness reading this book and you will to. Faggamuffin is such an amazing and worth while roller-coaster that I recommend it to ALL, regardless of race or sexual orientation because what this books captures most magnificently is the essence of 'Love & Respect' which we ALL can identify with. Knowing, valuing and acceptance of one self is the ultimate prize. Once you have all three then you will truly love and be loved the way you ought to be. Read more ›
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