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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Perseus Books (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762436581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762436583
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 656,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Beecroft was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and grew up in the wild countryside of the Peak District. She studied English and Philosophy before accepting employment with the Crown Court where she worked for a number of years. Now a stay-at-home mum and full time author, Alex lives with her husband and two daughters in a little village near Cambridge and tries to avoid being mistaken for a tourist.

Alex is only intermittently present in the real world. She has lead a Saxon shield wall into battle, toiled as a Georgian kitchen maid, and recently taken up an 800 year old form of English folk dance, but she still hasn't learned to operate a mobile phone.

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Library Journal, 4/15/2009 "Kidnappings, violence, intrigue, piracy, and an abundance of naval detail drive the action in this intriguing, relatively sweet romance."

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Alex Beecroft was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and grew up in the wild countryside of the Peak District. After studying English and Philosophy at Manchester University, Alex moved to London to work for the Lord Chancellor's Department. She married her husband, Andrew, in St. James' church, Paddington--famous for being the church where Oscar Wilde had his wedding. Alex, Andrew and their two daughters live near the University of Cambridge, where they try to avoid being mistaken for tourists. Her first novel, Captain's Surrender, was published in January 2008. Please visit her at www.alexbeecroft.com.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Erastes on 1 Jun 2009
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When I was in fandom there were certain writers who had the capacity to make me want to smash my keyboard into tiny pieces and not write again. When I finished Alex Beecroft?s new book, False Colors, I had that feeling this morning.

There are a very few books on my list of ?essential reads? for anyone interested in Gay Historical Fiction. The Charioteer, At Swim Two Boys, As Meat Loves Salt and now False Colors.

Yes, it?s that good. If you are interested in the genre at all, or are planning to write the genre in future I hold up False Colors and say ?this is how it should be done.?

To say that FC isn?t a romance would be doing it an injustice because it is?in the modern and the old-fashioned sense of the word. But Beecroft takes that mixes it up with adventure to die for (literally) moral dilemmas popping up like mushrooms, earthy realistic 18th century figures and heart stopping action?and of course romance.

At the core it?s about two young men who struggle with their places in life and have to weigh up those places, and their reputations- and ruin thereof-against their duty. Many authors would take a book about gay sailors and have most of it having the protagonists either shagging like bunnies or leaning attractively on the quarter-deck pining for the colour of his love?s eyes but Beecroft knows the navy and the men within. She knows despite how much tumescence is going on in the fine linen of a sailor?s drawers sailors need to work the ship, take watches, men need to be fed, watered, entertained, repel boarders, fight the enemy. If they tend to forget their lover?s fine eyes while they are fighting for their lives, one has to forgive them.?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 9 Aug 2009
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Once I started, I found this book very hard to put down - Beecroft puts you in thumbscrews and then keeps tightening them. The tension is, at points, almost unbearable, so I inhaled that book in two days.
This is the story of John Cavendish, prim and proper British naval officer, and the more rebellious, hedonistic Alfie Donwell; both men have their demons and hardships to face.

In a tour de force, we are taken through Barbary slave markets, pirates, icebergs, naval court martials, politics, betrayal, and naval battles. And, of course, the searing attraction between both men, one more experienced, the other still having to come to terms with his desires. And Beecroft really does take them through the emotional wringer before they have a chance at building something together, even though, whatever it is, it will have to stand up against the morals of a time when men like them can be hanged just for acting on their emotions.

A powerful mix of history, high emotion, and unforgettable characters. Loved the cover, which looked "respectable" enough that I could read it on the bus or train without raising (too many) eyebrows.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. Brooke on 18 May 2009
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False Colors is a total and absolute pleasure. The plot is marvellous and very exciting - and I don't even usually go for seafaring novels, but there's a perfect and very real level of historical detail there which meant I felt part of the whole scenario without being overwhelmed by it. The characters were gripping, well-rounded and very human - even the minor characters felt real. I can thoroughly recommend this book and look forward to more from Beecroft soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Film Fan on 14 Aug 2009
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All I can say is read, read, read!

I want to review without giving too much away. A wonderful book. Totally satisfying from start to finish. Alex Beecroft is a genuine talent and deserves a wide readership. Set during the 18th century , this story is about two very different men who realise in the end, that they both want the same thing and each other.

M/M fiction is a a fairly new genre, and if this is the direction in which it is going, long may it thrive. I have not read Ms Beecroft's first book, but this is wonderful. I came to this book knowing little of the 'Age of Sail' period, and not as a great reader of gay fiction.

However, the nautical detail is superb - and adds a rich background to the story.You are left in no doubt that real attention has been paid to research and accuracy, right down to the language. The action scenes are totally gripping, as are the vivid descriptions of everyday life at sea, the ports, the prisons and the political intrigue of the day. Secondary characters are beautifully drawn, particularly Farrant - who stands in stark (and quite sad)contrast to both Cavendish and Donwell.

Anyone looking for hardcore erotica,needs to look elsewhere.What sex scenes do exist are done with taste, subtlety and are in keeping with the period. I found them sweet and sensual. This is a romantic book that deals primarily with two very different men who meet, each going through a long (and sometimes painful) journey of self-discovery.

Kudos to Ms Beechcroft for keeping a sense of historical perspective, and helping the reader to fully understand what it was really like to be a gay man during this period. I think that adds to the realism of the book.
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