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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (16 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411607546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411607545
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,220,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm the author of eleven novels:

The Photographer's Wife (Paperback-2015, Kindle-2014).

Two novels featuring Hannah
- The Half-Life of Hannah (2012)
- Other Halves (2013)

Two novels featuring CC
- The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend (2011)
- The French House (1st April 2013)

The Fifty Reasons Series, following the life of lovelorn Mark
- 50 Reasons to Say Goodbye (2004)
- Sottopassaggio (2006)
- Good Thing, Bad Thing (2007)
- Better Than Easy (2009)
- Sleight Of Hand (2011)

And the standalone novel
- 13:55 Eastern Standard Time (2008)

The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend was my first big kindle hit, reaching number #1 in Amazon's kindle chart, and remaining in the top ten for over six weeks. It was the 27th best selling ebook in the UK for the whole of 2011.

The Half-Life of Hannah also reached #1 and sold over 300,000 copies to date, as has The French House.

Please note that there are multiple Nick Alexanders on Amazon, and any titles not in the list above are not by me, and so I'm not responsible for their contents. Thus "Almost Free", "Station Road", and "The Talking Wall" are NOT by me.

I live in the southern French Alps with two mogs (Paloma-Paquita & Leon-Pedro), three (nameless) goldfish and a complete set of Almodovar films.

Visit me on http://www.nick-alexander.com

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"An engaging, entertaining and intelligently written book, which will reset the boundaries for gay literature." -- David Tickner, reFRESH Magazine

A witty, polished collection of vignettes set around the
experience of gay dating. Order this snappy little number. -- Tim Teeman, The Times, 17 July 2004

A witty, polished collection of vignettes... Order this snappy little number. -- Tim Teeman, The Times, 17 July 2004

Alexander is an attentive and skilled writer, an immediately easy, speedy read... dry, wry, camp humour... This is exciting. -- Nadia Gilani, GingerBeer.co.uk, September 2004

Modern gay literature at its finest and most original. -- Axm Magazine, December 2004

This perceptive and obstinately optimistic book balances passion and pathos with wit that entertains, whimsy that charms, and wisdom
that engages. -- Richard Labonte, Book Marks

Truthful, moving, witty, optimistic... Disarmingly, honestly personal in a way that makes the book as a whole speak to everyone. -- Joe Storey-Scott,Gay Times, October 2004

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Through fifty different adventures, Nick Alexander takes us on a tour of modern gay society: bars, night-clubs, blind dates, Internet dating… It’s all here.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mole on 23 Mar. 2011
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When I downloaded this, I wasn't actually aware of what it was. The story is of a young man that slowly comes to terms with his sexuality. The individual chapters are of the various attempts that he makes to find love of a kind that is physically stimulating; but then he begins to understand that this does not always produce a love that is emotionally or pyschologically satisfying.

The book is brutally honest; he relates his feelings and in particular, his despondancy and thoughts of suicide as each new partner just fades away as inevitably as a one night stand. When he does finally find someone that makes him happy, fate plays a cruel trick; and he is back once again to the beginning.

If this was a book about straight people, people would compare it to Bridget Jone's Diary or others. As it is about gay men, some will immediately turn away. But I would suggest that you should read this whatever your particular preference. This is a book about real feelings and human frailities; and as such, most people should be able to relate to it.

Be aware that there are some very graphic descriptions of sexual practices including sado-masichism; it might not be suitable for the immature or younger readers. But hopefully, it will help you understand just how much of a stuggle, love, the most basic of human desires can be.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2006
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This short novel is a must read for all gay men. It follows the history of Mark, as he searches for love and sex. Mark comes into contact with all types and situations as he cruises bars and that most perplexing of cruising mechanisms - the internet.
Nick Alexander has fashioned a novel that is at times moving, (I defy anyone not to relate to at least some of the incidents, emotions and insecurities) and at times laugh out loud funny. (Lets hope none of us ever goes home with the egg man.)
The book is written in episode form with short punchy chapters, (think Maupin's Tales Of The City) and so is perfect for those who want to pick up something for a few minutes to read before they settle down for some pleasant dreams, or for someone who can't put it down and needs to devour it all in one go.
Gay Literature should be as varied and complex as the gay community who read it. There is a place for the dark (Edmund White) the thought provoking (Patrick Gale)and now a new name who is also a recorder of the richness of gay experience - Nick Alexander.
Trust me. Don't let this one be the one that got away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kieranvalencia on 26 Mar. 2012
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I have only recently discovered this author and after just having read The case of the Missing Boyfriend..also reviewed..I decided to try this. It's great. And it's great because he has the knack of creating drama from days and nights which are familiar to all of us. He ponders on loneliness, hope, despair, humour, lust, lack of love, fun, adventure, strange coincidence and all the little things in our lives which can become so important to us even when they shouldn't.
Mark (the protagonist) draws you in to his life and its easy to feel that you know him already because he really is a reflection of all of us.
Try this book, buy this book.....Loved it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Martin LUBICH on 16 Jan. 2006
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I bought this book with no previous knowledge of it because it appeared in my recommendations list on amazon. I started reading it on a Wednesday evening and found it impossible to put down. I spent the whole of Thursday at work desperate to get home to carry on reading it. I am an avid reader but I haven't felt this excited about a book for years.
It tells the story of Mark and the successes and failures in his social and love life. It is a compelling and amusing read. This book is fiction at its best-beg, steal, borrow or preferably buy it-you won't be disappointed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. F. O'keefe on 22 Jun. 2013
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I read this book after reading 'The Half life of Hannah' and 'The French House.' I really enjoyed those books so I have decided to read all his work as he is a very gifted writer.
You will be drawn into this book totally and you will feel all the emotions of the central character 'Mark' on his quest to find real and lasting love. You will laugh, sigh, and cry your way though.
Read it, you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bluebell on 25 Oct. 2013
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I used to write book reviews on Amazon regularly but stopped some time ago, for one reason or another. This book has made me want to do it again.

An absolutely superb read. Witty & humourous, clever, sad, even tragic at times, and always entertaining. I completely absorbed myself in the character of Mark. I felt for him; I felt with him. This is a not to be missed first instalment of Mark's life. Before I was halfway through this I had already downloaded the second and third instalments. I'm now half way through 'Good Thing Bad Thing' and I've just bought the last two episodes of Nick Alexander's fantastic telling of Mark's story.

I have laughed out loud and I have even cried reading these books. It's been a while since something I read had that effect on me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RavingReviewer on 19 Mar. 2013
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Every chapter of this book is almost a short story, each one dealing with a failed fling or relationship of Mark. I presume this is where the book derives its title from, though I didn't count to see if there were indeed fifty chapters?

Its an interesting premise for a novel, but its structure means that there can be little development of people surrounding the central character. And I suppose that is the point to some degree - the people in Mark's life become mere thumbnail sketches, ships that pass in the night. But where characters DO cross over between chapters, its sometimes difficult to remember who was who. The repeated, fleeting nature of Mark's encounters serve to portray well, how lonely a young gay man's life can be, even when it can appear that they are successful and surrounded by friends on the scene. Speaking as a gay man, there is much to recognise here in Mark's attempts to find that special someone in his life, and there is an autobiographical authenticity to the writing.

There is a tendency for this novel to give a rather negative, bleak portrayal of gay life, it being a conveyor belt of one night stands and failed relationships, but Nick Alexander has a deft touch, and there is much humour and light interspersed between the inevitable goodbyes of each chapter and their resultant gloom.

This is a gay book with some literary merit then, and I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series, but I hope there can be more focus in the subsequent novels with less flitting about, and also perhaps a more positive portrayal of gay life to redress the balance of this first one somewhat.
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