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Glitterland (2013)

de Alexis Hall

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Once the golden boy of the English literary scene, now a clinically depressed writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on love, hope, happiness, and most of all himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people's expectations. Then a chance encounter at a stag party throws him into the arms of Essex boy Darian Taylor, an aspiring model who lives in a world of hair gel, fake tans, and fashion shows. By his own admission, Darian isn't the crispest lettuce in the fridge, but he cooks a mean cottage pie and makes Ash laugh, reminding him of what it's like to step beyond the boundaries of anxiety. But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can't see past the glitter to the light. Can a man who doesn't trust himself ever trust in happiness? And how can a man who doesn't believe in happiness ever fight for his own?… (més)
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Damn you book for leaving me so raw everything makes me cry today. ( )
  NannyOgg13 | May 8, 2021 |
Ash Winters suffers from clinical depression which landed him in the hospital after a suicide attempt. His friends love him but are worn out with his needs. He's also a successful author whose boyfriend left him so he's lonely. But Darian Taylor, the Essex model want-to-be, is not his type and Ash can't leave his one-night stand's room fast enough. Ash is posh and Darian is - not. However, Darian is handsome, loyal, charming, and exactly what Ash needs, even if he doesn't want to admit it. Ash can be just mean and he's determined to push Darian away anyway.
Mr. Hall is such a wonderful writer. He's literate and his descriptions are dreamy or realistic, as needed. He's dealing with a serious subject here and does a superb job of it. I loved Darian's Essex accent and dialogue though I admit I had to reread some sentences to get the context. Ash and Darian are an odd pair but perfect together, exactly what the other needs. This is a lovely book. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Dec 28, 2020 |
Had to get it again. ( )
  bit-of-a-list-tiger | Aug 14, 2020 |
Copying my review over from the print version. No idea why this weird occurred:
I love glitter. I wonder if people who don't like a little sparkle are lying. But then, the practical side of me says "Hey it really sticks to you and is heavily irritating, you find it all over forever. It never lets you forget you had it on your new year's cards that one year" And well, I must say there's no more fitting term for one of the heroes of this book than Darian, the Glitter Pirate.

That's not to take anything away from Ash's narrative, because it was so painful and dead on, and that might actually make you feel like you're about to get hit by a bus every so often in this book. Ash's self-defeating manner was so easy to slip into that sometimes it felt like a second skin in this book. There were incredible painful moments, but my god it's so lovely, vivid and made me smile more than hurt.

I can't really say much else about this book other than I really did feel like it was damn near perfect.

What can I say about the audiobook? Nicholas Boulton treats us to both characters in a recipe at the end....He's incredible, they were both so very alive and real and I can't help thinking his narration added a layer my brain never could to the characters. In other words, also perfect. ( )
  samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
Relisten 3/2020
Don't know why, but I love being in Ash's head and Darian's dignity.

Reread 3/7/2019

It's still so brilliant and beautiful. And more.

May Nicholas Boulton never get leprosy.

Original Review:

I love glitter. I wonder if people who don't like a little sparkle are lying. But then, the practical side of me says "Hey it really sticks to you and is heavily irritating, you find it all over forever. It never lets you forget you had it on your new year's cards that one year" And well, I must say there's no more fitting term for Darian than the Glitter Pirate.

That's not to take anything away from Ash's narrative, because it was so painful and dead on, and that might actually make you feel like you're about to get hit by a bus every so often in this book. Ash's self-defeating manner was so easy to slip into that sometimes it felt like a second skin in this book. There were incredible painful moments, but my god it's so lovely, vivid and made me smile more than hurt.

I can't really say much else about this book other than I really did feel like it was damn near perfect.

What can I say about the audiobook? Nicholas Boulton treats us to both characters in a recipe at the end....He's incredible, they were both so very alive and real and I can't help thinking his narration added a layer my brain never could to the characters. In other words, also perfect. ( )
  samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
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My heart is beating so fast it's going to trip over itself and stop. Everything is hot and dark. I've been buried alive. I'm already dead.
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Once the golden boy of the English literary scene, now a clinically depressed writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on love, hope, happiness, and most of all himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people's expectations. Then a chance encounter at a stag party throws him into the arms of Essex boy Darian Taylor, an aspiring model who lives in a world of hair gel, fake tans, and fashion shows. By his own admission, Darian isn't the crispest lettuce in the fridge, but he cooks a mean cottage pie and makes Ash laugh, reminding him of what it's like to step beyond the boundaries of anxiety. But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can't see past the glitter to the light. Can a man who doesn't trust himself ever trust in happiness? And how can a man who doesn't believe in happiness ever fight for his own?

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