While Pride could be described as a coming-of-age and coming-out story, I don't wish to label the book as such because I feel issues around sexuality can be extrapolated to all people, gay or straight. After all, how many of us, at one time or another, have felt unable to be our true selves? With this in mind, I have hope that the book's audience will not be restricted to those who have had to, or have yet to, 'come out'.
I would one day love to see fiction centring around a gay protagonist described as just 'fiction' and not 'gay fiction'. It affects us all.
So, without further ado, I am happy to share with you the following...
“I told you, Mum, I’m going for a pizza then seeing a film with a friend.”
But Liam is not having pizza or seeing a film; he’s going to his first Gay Pride march.
Liam has always felt different in a way he couldn’t quite pinpoint… up until now. He’s been a caterpillar all his life and his parents want him to stay that way. But Liam wants to be a butterfly.
A tender, funny and moving novella from critically-acclaimed author Jonathan Hill.