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    • ISBN:9780748118113
    • Publication date:04 Mar 2010

The Gay Divorcee

By Paul Burston

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How do you tell your husband-to-be that you're secretly married . . . to a woman?

Phil Davies should be happy. He has a flourishing bar in the heart of Soho and in six months he will be marrying Ashley, the man he adores (even if his nickname is 'The Incredible Sulk'). In short - he's living every gay man's dream. There's just one problem: Phil has been married before, seventeen years ago. To a woman. In fact, technically Phil and Hazel are still married. And what Phil doesn't know yet is that Hazel has a seventeen-year-old son. But that's all about to change . . .
Brilliantly funny, heart-warming and filled with bittersweet observations, The Gay Divorcee is a hugely entertaining tale of love, marriage and the lies that happen in between.

Biographical Notes

Paul Burston was born in Yorkshire, raised in Wales, and now lives in London. A journalist and broadcaster, his work has appeared in TIME OUT, SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, GUARDIAN, INDEPENDENT, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY and on Channel 4. He lives in London. He is also a curator in residence at the South Bank.

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  • ISBN: 9780751542363
  • Publication date: 04 Mar 2010
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: Sphere
Burston can go from waspish to wise and back in a sentence . . . Bitchy, funny, acute and moving. A triumph — Suzanne Moore
Wonderful, wicked and witty, laugh-out-loud funny and touching ... Burston's best yet. Loved it! — Marc Almond
Immensely enjoyable — Julian Clary
I absolutely loved it. Paul Burston is the nearest thing the UK has to Armistead Maupin — Jonathan Harvey, writer of BBC2’s Beautiful People
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