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The Queer Businessman
Enter George's world. George is married, George is queer, he can be brilliant, can be witty. He lives in a council bedsit, he lives in a mansion. George builds a marina, works as a clerk, turns around a flagging modelling agency. His irascibility does not endear him to authority. Authority he views with contempt.
While running the agency and coping with the complexities of expanding the marina, George gives sanctuary to a cruelly bullied straight fourteen-year-old at the end of his tether. The boy and thirty-two-year-old George get on. Promiscuous George tries to stand back from the increasingly intense relationship especially as his partner's psychic deterioration causes concern. George, in rare pious mode, decides the boy should live a 'normal' life. He places him in a co-educational school; has his girlfriend visit; fixes it so he trains with the local soccer team, but the boy is up for it. George's parenting skills are very much tested.
Tragedy strikes when George's partner stops taking his medication for schizophrenia.
ISBN: 978 0 9553543 6 6
published by Paradise North, distributed by Paradise Press
342 pages paperback; £9.99
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Paul Mann started his career pushing out beach-floats. After the Marines, a bank in Toronto, 11 years at sea, ran a disco, owned a Chinese takeaway, washed dishes, collected tickets on a ferry to a gay beach, packed bread in Tesco's where he lasted one week. Now he dusts and takes the dog out.
He is a member of 42 Commando Association.
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