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Pharmakeia Paperback – 1 Dec 2015

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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: paradise press; 1st edition (1 Dec. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904585841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904585848
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,498,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Timothy Graves is a British author who was shortlisted for the LGBT-celebrating Polari First Book Prize for his 2010 debut 'Homo Jihad' - a memorable story of a love triangle played out against the backdrop of the 2005 London bombings.
The Middle-Eastern love interests of 'Homo Jihad' are reflected again in 'Pharmakeia' - notably in the art collector Jean-Baptiste Lebeau-Chevalier (better known as Belial), who the main protagonist, Mahvand, describes as a 'Saudi Arabian sex God when he first sees him speaking at a London literary soiree. A budding young gay comics artist of Iranian descent who longs to get out of his job in a Soho bookshop, Mahvand is led by Belial through the dark underbelly of London's art scene, with all the drugs and sex that comes with it. Along the way, there is much comedy relief from Mahvand's cockney grandmother whom he lives with, and many other personalities about town; including Candy Darling a no-nonsense Geordie transsexual.
Mostly irreverent and occasionally shocking, 'Pharmakeia' is a romp of a read, though thematically, it isn't as thought-provoking as 'Homo Jihad', but Graves' use of vastly colourful characters and communities cements him as a strong gay novelist to take notice of.'
--Ben Kelly, Attitude Magazine, March edition

'Pharmakeia is the second book by Timothy Graves, his first, 'Homo Jihad', was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. Published by Paradise Press, this novel takes the form of a thrilling and macabre tale, spun in amongst the subculture of 90's London.
It's a heady mix of drugs, art, sex and Satanic practices. Mahvand, a young gay artist, spends much of his time creating his own comic books. He dreams of gaining some kind of recognition for his work but acknowledgement for his talent feels frustratingly out of reach; that is until he collides with Belial (aka Jean-Baptiste Lebeau-Chevalier), who, in a Faustian manner, offers Mahvand all he ever dreamed of and more. The question is, what and how much is Mahvand willing to give up in order to fulfil his wildest fantasies?
Graves successfully conjures a distinct image of subcultural London, spanning across several vivid locations; from the Soho bookshop cum sex shop, to the quaint Essex suburbs, to Belial's grand and gothic abode in North London - it's fine imagery, carefully crafted, which adds to the rich tapestry of this novel. He also creates a delightful troupe of eccentric characters, including a cockney-rhyming Gran, a high-brow conceptual artist, and Candy Darling, the Geordie transsexual - owner of Soho books.
Graves is a gripping storyteller, and the twists and turns that 'Pharmakeia' takes are frequently unexpected, and are sure to knock you off your feet en route. It's dark, alluring, sexy and difficult to put down. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.' (Amie Taylor editor of LGBTQ Arts Review)


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