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Well-written and funny - couldn't put it down
on 22 November 1999
"The Spell" tells the story of four guys whose lives cross paths for various reasons, and how they evolve beyond the beguiling but ultimately false spell of eternal youth. "Growing up from I'm queer! to IKEA" could be the sub-title of the book if it were less subtle and more cliched. Instead, it is well-written, funny and not of the "his pecs glistened in the sunlight" American variety (though for fun it is liberally spiced with some "who shags who").
The spell is cast in the big-city gay scene with its pressure to conform, to be young and virile, and to "have fun!! commit to no-one!". But when do you stop worrying about whether you're "gay" enough, and having enough sex with enough guys, and learn to become happy just being yourself, whatever that may be?
If you've ever been something of a scene queen, especially in London, you'll probably know people like the characters in it. I certainly recognised a few! And some of the descriptions are so accurate they had me reliving some of my own similar experiences.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.