Lovers And Losers Paperback – 5 Apr 2007
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While the core of Burston's novel lies in its nostalgic account of the excesses of the New Romantics, the underlying theme couldn't be timelier. Moving between the 80s and today, an astute sense of each cultural climate is clear . . . Whether you're from the Heat generation or go teary over neon makeup, go buy this book (GAY TIMES)
A page turner set amidst the gender bending bands of the 80s with a bit of Noughties thrown in for good measure (BOYZ)
A star-studded romp through the 80s and beyond . . . Lovers and Losers is for anyone with a fondness for the early 80s music scene or who once stumbled around blinded by a Phil Oakey fringe (OUT Magazine)
Like his earlier novels, Burton's latest is fast-moving, compellingly plotted and very funny. But LOVERS AND LOSERS is also by turns exciting and convincingly moving, and its diverting structure bounces the reader back and forth through two timelines. Th (TIME OUT)
* A hilarious and poignant new novel from the author of SHAMELESS and STAR PEOPLESee all Product description
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The novel goes back and forth between now and the late 70's / early 80's. Burston has captured the time perfectly, there are enough details to make it really authentic without going over the top, and the characters are also drawn really well. There are a few moments which really resonated with me and made me laugh.
The blurb is a little misleading, in that this is a novel that deals with a number of gay issues, that's not a problem for me, but it might mean that you don't get what you're expecting.
Brilliant and recommended
The story charts the progress of 'A Boy And His Diva', a fictional composite of The Human League, Culture Club, Soft Cell and numerous other sexually ambiguous acts from the heyday of the early 1980s. Put together by a young gay man, Tony with a rebellious young friend he once met as a punk teenager, Katrina, the duo ride the crest of the New Romantic wave, competing in the charts with the likes of Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet, while bitching in the press with Boy George and Pete Burns, only to share in their inevitable descent of the glamorous lifestyle of drugs and "artistic differences". Many years later Tony's manager tries to revive his career by contracting him into a reality TV show set in a prison - 'The Clink', but the former pop-star will also need to make amends with Katrina, if she can be found.
Despite some attempts to reflect on other aspects of the this period with a subplot about a young man who has died from AIDS, Burston skims through the rise and fall of the New Romantics with shallow superficiality, with neither Tony or Katrina, nor their career as pop stars being depicted as anything more than a bunch of rock industry clichés. That said, Lovers and Losers is a fun read for those who remember the music and the outrageous fashion of the period with some amount of embarrassment and fondness.
The story is told from two time perspectives. We meet Anthony and Katy as teenagers but see them out as Tony and Katrina, the musical duo formerly known as `The Boy and his Diva'. They're older, wounded and wary. The world has changed.
I adored the references to the music and fashion of the eighties but more so, I loved the way Burston captured the intimacy that is unique to a friendship between a gay man and a woman. I know this friendship well and was moved by the authenticity of Burston's words. His portrayal of Katy/Katrina is particularly sensitive and well-rounded.
Loved it, and the many twists! Burston has also created two likeable, if flawed, lead characters.
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A great fun book - hopefully one day it'll be a tv show ;-)
A friend bought me 'Lovers and Losers' last week and wrote' this reminded me of you,ENJOY' - in the front cover!!.
I didnt expect to enjoy it quite so much.Read more