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READY TO CATCH HIM SHOULD HE FALL

Neil Bartlett

  • Original Title: READY TO CATCH HIM SHOULD HE FALL
  • Publication date: October 1990
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail
  • Country: GB
  • 313 print pages
  • Drama/Classic

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Homosexuality, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Homophobia, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Solidarity, LOVE / HATE, Passion, Sex

Pitch

It is 3 a.m., and in a dark corner of The Bar, two lovers collide. Boy: 19, beautiful, ready for anyone to take him home, and 'O': the Older Man, cynical, unpredictable, at the mercy of his personal demons. Their romance is orchestrated and observed by the owner, Madame, who looks after her boys and ensures that their haven remains inviolate.

Comments

First published in 1990 and immediately acclaimed as the work of a bold new voice in English fiction, Neil Bartlett's powerful debut continues to shine with an ageless wisdom and wit.

"Bartlett's novel of gay life in an unnamed city is an amalgam of gossip, jaded elegance and romance, blended with narrative ambiguities and precious conceits. " - Publishers Weekly

Neil Bartlett is the artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith.

Summary

A deeply romantic evocation of gay life, this first novel by celebrated British gay writer Neil Bartlett gives a tender, erotic, brutally explicit portrayal of love between men.

It is 3 a.m. in The City, and in a dark corner of The Bar, two lovers collide in the beginnings of a passionate and violent affair.

Boy: nineteen, beautiful, ready for anyone to take him home, and 'O': the Older Man, cynical, unpredictable, and at the mercy of his personal demons. Their romance is orchestrated and observed by the owner of The Bar, Madame, who looks after her boys and ensures that their haven remains inviolate. This is the story of Boy's and O's courtship and marriage, of Madame's role in the affair, and of the man called "Father," who threatens to come between them.

At once a joyful celebration of homosexual love and culture, and a devastating evocation of the homophobic climate which stemmed from the 80s AIDS crisis, READY TO CATCH HIM SHOULD HE FALL offers a decisively contemporary recasting of the traditional love story.

Kirkus review


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  • Author’s biography

    Neil Bartlett (born 1958) is a British director, performer, translator, and writer. His first book was a groundbreaking study of Oscar Wilde, WHO WAS THAT MAN (1988), which is now recognized as a breakthrough work in the development of contemporary gay studies. His first novel, READY TO CATCH HIM SHOULD HE FALL, was acclaimed by Gay Times as its Book of the Year, and translated into five European languages. His second, MR CLIVE AND MR PAGE, was longlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 1996; his third, SKIN LANE, was longlisted for the Costa Award in 2008. In 2000 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the theatre.