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Rory's Boys [Paperback]

Alan Clark
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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23 Jun 2011
When Rory Blaine inherits his grandmother's crumbling London mansion, he's persuaded to create Britain's first retirement home for gay men. The prospective residents, Rory's `boys', are an eclectic bunch, united only by healthy bank balances and a longing to grow old in a sympathetic haven. But their haven soon becomes threatened, both by outside forces and from within. And then, suddenly, there is a women in Rory's life...

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: BLISS (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906413886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906413880
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am not one to gush 1 Aug 2011
By A. J. Russell-pattison VINE VOICE
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What follows is an e-mail I sent to all my friends on completing this book. Enough said!

I am not one to gush..No seriously. However if I find something to gush about, gush I must.

I have just finished a book called Rory's Boys by Alan Clark (pub 2011). Amazon sent it to me to review. A good job really as if I had seen the really naff cover on a book shop shelf with its terribly anodyne blurb on the front I would have sniffed and walked by. Marketeers are not what they used to be!

The fiction (for it is such) centres around the establishment of the first gay retirement home in the UK. Oh but what a fiction! Skilfully written with pathos and wit it has, as I am assured they say in theatrical circles, a bit of everything, laughter, tears etc. Added to this the author has a real talent for well placed one liners. The result, I laughed out loud more times than for any other novel in the last ten years and cried an appreciably similar amount of times. The characters are, well really characters. The plot is outlandish but feasible if you are or have known/loved someone who is gay and of a "certain age". It's been a while since anything made me feel proud to be an ageing fairy in a world obsessed with youth but this book did it.

Is it a great literary work? No, thank God, it's much more fun than that. I read it in two sittings. It is however a great first novel and will, given the chance bring much pleasure to many. Why not give it the chance? It's worth it!

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No I do not know or sleep with the author or any members of staff connected with the publishers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still reading and loving it. 3 Nov 2011
By silly
Rory's Boys is a delightful read, I can't help but hear a truly authentic voice in this work of `fiction'.
Each page is loaded with evocative imagery of people and places that immediately feel familiar, or any road beautifully sketched in.
I also feel it teaches you a few key lessons in life especially if you're feeling a bit gay or reflective (or both).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely entertaining! 24 Oct 2011
I absolutely loved this book. I didnt really know what to expect as the subject matter is not really my 'genre' but I was totally hooked from the very beginning and couldnt put it down - although I really didnt want to finish it! Alan's style of writing is so brilliant and amusing and I felt I really knew the characters and their idiosyncrasies by the time I had finished the book. It should definitely be made into a film and I think it would be an amazing success. Alan, please write another book soon!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RICHLY SATISFYING 1 Sep 2011
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When only fifteen, Rory Blaine was outed and ousted - cast from Mount Royal by his formidable one-legged Fascist grandmother. Now, thirty years later, he has unexpectedly inherited the family mansion. What delicious irony to convert it into a retirement home for gays!

All the way through, the novel delights with its wit and colourful characters. Unexpectedly one in particular almost steals the show: Rory's former school matron straightlaced Elspeth Wishart branches out awesomely. (If ever filmed, this is surely a role to be fought over by the country's leading veteran actresses.)

Serious matters underpin the fun. People deserve lives free from prejudice. Note that television interview where aging pop idol Vic d'Orsay is confronted by a bishop declaring exactly what God thinks of people like him.

Surprises, shocks and tragedy feature amidst so much that richly amuses. The central theme I found moving. Rory, admittedly at a great price, is creating a real home for those perhaps disowned by relatives once their sexual preference became known. Ever since so many have drifted. Instead of their facing ever-increasing loneliness, Rory is ensuring the Autumn of their lives becomes an Indian Summer.

No way is this a novel to be read quickly, it crammed with moments to savour. Paragraph two on page one will have many laughing aloud, the first of a whole procession of hilarious treats.

Warmly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars warm, charming and meaningful 27 Oct 2011
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An impressive debut. Alan Clark's first novel is warm, compassionate, funny and charming. It is also amongst the first novels to engage with the issue of ageing in the gay world. If you enjoy the writing of Armistead Maupin, don't hesitate to buy this book. Looking forward to more from Clark....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read 24 Oct 2011
By Mr. L. Moreland VINE VOICE
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A successful businessman, 45 year old Rory Blaine is a gay man living a hedonistic and carefree single life and loving it. On his 45th birthday he gets turned down for sex on his visit to a sauna, the first time ever this has happened and all manner of things start changing for Rory!. This is Rory's story of dealing with life and having his own mid life crisis! After inheriting his grandmothers mansion in London he decides to open it as the first retirement home for wealthy gay men. With help from an assortment of loveable characters, a revelation, a death and the possibility of romance, we travel along on Rory's journey.

The story is written in the form of a diary from Rory's perspective as part of his therapist's suggestion of dealing with his emotions.

At first I didn't think I was going to like this book and in fact was not particularly taken with the 'stereotypical' Rory and his promiscuous 'cant commit' gay lifestyle. The book is good fun and very well written with lots of twists and turns and interesting plot lines and at the end of the book I found that I could sympathise and connect with the character of Rory. This is certainly a very humorous and fun read and will certainly be enjoyed more by men of a certain (middle) age!

I look forward to seeing further books from this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Witty and Elegantly Written
Born to privilege, Rory Blaine had the perfect designer life – the job, the penthouse, the car, the pecs and the shrink – but still there was a big black hole at the heart of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jack Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars not great literature but amusing
This is no great work of literature but it does make a point and has several tragic back stories. It is easy to dismiss old people unless you know their history. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars `My story was more complex than I had known it to be...'
Rory Blaine is a very successful advertising executive in London who discovers the grandmother he has been estranged from for many years is now close to death. Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. H. Healy
5.0 out of 5 stars :-) Happy days
hilarious and funny - stylishly written, the perfect book for those cold winter nights in front of a blazing log fire
Published 15 months ago by Mr. A. Dauer
2.0 out of 5 stars Too formulaic
I had high hopes for this book but found it too formulaic in the story and characters. However saying that it's an enjoyable and reasonably quick read.
Published 17 months ago by John Galilee
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious - dificult to put down
The writer's style, adding detail made me laugh outloud. The story of a gay 45 year old inheriting his grandmother's mansion through the falsifing of her will by a third party and... Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by Downsman
4.0 out of 5 stars Curl up in your favourite comfortable chair
I confess to having put this book down and getting on with other projects when I first received it. This weekend I picked it up again and finished it before the weekend was... Read more
Published on 7 May 2012 by S2b an OAP
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining tale
Entertaining tale of the setting up of a residential home for elderly Gay men. Alan Clark's writing is flowing & straight-forward: easy to read. Read more
Published on 19 April 2012 by Mr. K. Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY GUY
I believe this is Alan's first novel - if so I hope it is not his last. His alternately hilarious and moving saga of a middle aged man's quest for fulfilment via establishing the... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by timshelboy
5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant message masked in cracking wit.
A page turner from start to finish. Funny and thought provoking. As we are advancing in our years, it is good that someone recognises the need for this. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by alanfan
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