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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.’ STEPHEN FRY
‘Lucid, lyrical, loaded . . . A love letter to friendship.’ JACKIE KAY
‘A lovely book: bright and heartfelt, funny and refreshing.’ ANDREW O’HAGAN
‘A beautiful, moving, life-affirming book.’ IAN RANKIN
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.
‘Tender, funny . . . lifted my spirits in the way Ali Smith does.’ VAL McDERMID
‘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
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.
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.
Boy Friends is a lovely book: bright and heartfelt, funny and refreshing. I greatly enjoyed reading it.
A beautiful, moving, life-affirming book about a beautiful, moving, life-affirming friendship.
A tender, funny rebuttal to toxic masculinity. It lifted my spirits in the way Ali Smith does.
As tender as honeysuckle and as bracing as a Hebridean beach; Boy Friends makes you feel as if you've gone on a holiday with someone dazzling.
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