Shameless Paperback – 7 Jun 2001
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A wickedly funny comedy centring around the lives and loves of Martin, a gay man who's just been dumped and his two best friends, eager to help him our but not quite sure how to go about it. (RED)
A juicy QUEER AS FOLK- like read. (COMPANY)
Wickedly funny. (HEAT)
Straddles low and high brow, working as both a colonically challenged BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY and a coruscating expose of the drug-infested urban gay experience, so often mistaked for liberating hedonism. (THE FACE)
* 'Fast, wild, sexy and outrageously funny. I loved it!' Russell T. Davies, writer of QUEER AS FOLK
* 'Paul Burston has penned the sharp truth about gay London, cleverly coated with sweet and sour wisecracks' Will Self
Top Customer Reviews
If you belong to the social group this novel writes about, and is aimed solely at, then by all means read it. If you don't, and especially if you don't live in London, then the local references will be lost on you, so don't bother.
There are more penetrating, more observant, and more amusing portrayals of the drug scene out there (e.g. Irvine Welsh), and more amusing, witty, off-the-wall gay social portraits/send-ups (Simon Temprell shows great promise in this arena).
I experienced some of the same locale-oriented frustration with that older gay chronicle "Tales..." (which Burston makes a wee side-swipe at) but at least we can forgive Maupin for never intending in the first place to address more than a local audience, that book having started life as a serial in the local paper. I think Burston should have had a firmer hand from his editor on this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book - I seem to be reading Paul's books in the wrong order. However new or old - it doesn't matter - an excellent read by an excellent author!Published on 14 July 2013 by David Hayes-MacLeod
Read almost all of Paul's books and I have to say this one didn't disappoint either. Deffo worry of the money and excellent gift. Read morePublished on 14 April 2013 by Lukas
I loved this book. It's not my world, since I don't any longer stay out late or burn the candle at one end, let alone two - but Burston's skill in creating his characters means... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2012 by William Parker
What I most enjoy about Paul Burston's books is that they're accessible and unpretentious. He knows how to tell a damned good story and does it with skill and panache. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2011 by F. Shelling
Paul Burston got me reading again. Need I say more. Compulsive reading material for holidays. Am slowly getting through all his books and have enjoyed all of them. Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2010 by Mr. K. E. Graves
Its not a book you turn to to find life's truths or for anyone that enjoys heavy reading.Shameless is the perfect book for the young gay man that enjoys to read on the tube or on... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2010 by alexlondon
Just finished reading two books by Paul Burston..Shameless and The Gay Divorcee. Excellent reads, great characters... Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2010 by Vincent Creelan