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An intimate and original memoir of love, grief and male friendship by one of Scotland’s brightest young talents.
‘As perfect a portrait of friendship as I’ve ever read.’
‘Lucid, lyrical, loaded . . . A love letter to friendship.’
‘A lovely book: bright and heartfelt, funny and refreshing.’
‘A beautiful, moving, life-affirming book.’
Friendships might just 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.
‘Boy Friends sees Pedersen illuminate these companions with a poet’s eye, a comedian’s timing – and a lover’s care.’
‘Written with enough electricity that it seems to jolt off the page . . . Boy Friends opens up conversations about . . . the brunt of suicide, the circumstances of certain types of Scottish masculinity and where friendships fit into that.’
Enchanting and astonishingly compelling . . . A friend is a masterpiece of nature, Emerson said — and this book is as perfect a portrait of that natural masterpiece as I have ever read.
The Scottish poet's memoir reflects touchingly on male friendship and masculinity . . . Pedersen pays tender tribute to his late pal.
Boy Friends is an inclusive, collective hug, sharing platter of a book that takes us along for the ride . . . The words take flight and come into land, often with a laugh, on every page, and while it’s undeniably about male friendships, it’s a journey you don’t have to be a ‘boy’ to enjoy . . . life-affirming.
Pedersen is an enthralling narrator and his prose is poetic, written with enough electricity that it seems to jolt off the page. It is riotously funny . . . it’s the closest we’ll get to standing next to Hutchison again . . . Boy Friends opens up conversations about vulnerable subjects: the brunt of suicide, the circumstances of certain types of Scottish masculinity and where friendships fit into that.
Boy Friends sees Pedersen illuminate these companions with a poet’s eye, a comedian’s timing – and a lover’s care . . . a celebration and a lament – for a friendship that looked set to last for ever and didn’t . . . Boy Friends is intimate and confessional. Grief, captured without cliche, leaps from the page. In a story that passes from the dead to the living, from art to life and back again, Pedersen and Hutchison’s connection endures.
Michael Pedersen is a Scottish poet and performer, perhaps the most extravagantly talented to emerge in Britain since John Cooper Clarke . . . . Pedersen’s language is a juicy fruit pudding studded with Lowlands vernacular . . . Boy Friends is an unapologetic paean to the sweetness of a relationship now brutally terminated . . . [and] an entirely endearing addition to the literature of grief and the ameliorating pleasures of memory and comradeship.
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