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Boy Friends

Michael Pedersen

An intimate and original memoir of love, grief and male friendship by one of Scotland’s brightest young talents.

Coming soon 07 July 2022
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571360055
Date Published
07.07.2022
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Summary

An intimate and original memoir of love, grief and male friendship by one of Scotland’s brightest young talents.

‘Lucid, lyrical, loaded . . . A love letter to friendship.’
JACKIE KAY

‘Dazzling . . . uncommonly romantic, irreverent and at times laugh out loud funny. A delight.’
SHIRLEY MANSON

‘Beautiful . . . send it to every friend you’ve ever loved.’
CHARLOTTE CHURCH

Friendships just might be the greatest love affairs of our lives . . .

In 2018 poet and author Michael Pedersen lost a cherished friend, Scott Hutchison, soon after their collective voyage into the landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Just weeks later, Michael began to write to him. As he confronts the bewildering process of grief, what starts as a love letter to one magical, coruscating human soon becomes a paean to all the gorgeous male friendships that have transformed his life.

Critic Reviews

Lucid, lyrical, loaded, Boy Friends is a love letter to friendship. Michael Pedersen hauntingly captures the exhilaration and the romance of fine friendship and the terror and bewilderment at the loss of it. Boy Friends is gut-wrenching and yet gallus too - taking us on a rollercoaster journey of love and loss that makes you say to yourself, more than once, yes, that's it exactly.

Jackie Kay
Critic Reviews

With a dazzling and inventive use of language as is befitting of a poet of his reputation, this sweetly unconventional work by Michael Pedersen, whilst dripping in raw grief is uncommonly romantic, irreverent and at times laugh out loud funny. A delight really. And that’s that.

Shirley Manson
Critic Reviews

Tugs at every heartstring I have. This beautiful book is overflowing with pathos and deep humanity, send it to every friend you’ve ever loved.

Charlotte Church
Critic Reviews

This book is a first in so many ways . . . The world needs more of Michael Pedersen – lots more.

Bill Drummond
Critic Reviews

Michael’s writing is exactly as playful and invigorating as the man himself. His unique signature of honest vulnerability and bravery is always arresting and generous in a world where most find it safer to dampen and cloak their true spirit. Praise be for all he/this book brings us.

Ewen Bremner
Critic Reviews

Those hungry for the bone-deep truth about grief will devour Michael Pedersen's account of a friend lost. Boy Friends asks the question: what do you do with the moments spent, with the love stored? It takes us into the friendships of Pedersen's life; the boys and men who were, still are in some cases, his great loves. The most devastating, seductive and achingly-funny writing of all is reserved for his remembrances of Scott, who lives on so vitally in the space between Pedersen's words. A love letter of friendship that's so rarely written, Boy Friends is a dazzling act of generosity and an entirely original blast of non-fiction.

Terri White