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Heart & Sole (Where Terms & Conditions Apply) By Neil Raffan
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‘I so longed to brush his cheek with my finger, to put my lips to his, to kiss him awake, to touch him as someone more than a pal with the aching tenderness that coursed my immobile... More > body.’ Neil Raffan exposes his personal vulnerability, both emotional and physical, through Lost in translation and What Phou respectively; whilst other more robust entries focus on the likes of vascular dementia and carmine bee-eaters, family hiatus and travel heaven. ‘What was debt anyway? It had no emotion. Letters, cheques, pieces of mail, some more aggressively worded than others. Where was debt’s heart and soul?’ This is an eclectic collection of shorts with titles such as Buffet and Lanes, Woodside contract whist, and The Maiden Stone amongst others. And oh yes! Harvey, from At the of age of 37, is back in Botswana, but without Bryce … ‘Here in the Okavango the spring leaves fall, in preparation for the summer rains. How weird and wonderful is that?’< Less
At the Age of 37 By Neil Raffan
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Catamite heaven, Blue sky cancer, Wheelchair fascism and Process controller memory leak are amongst the intriguing titles within this collection, though one can’t help but wonder whether this... More > eclectic assortment of shorts was written to be published? At times the level of whispered confessional seems all too raw, as if but for a close friend’s eyes - though the emotion expressed is loud and clear and universal. ‘So you are the other spastic, said the voice behind the door.’ Self-mockery pulls the author back from the edge-of-life in the homosexual closet as well as from the trauma and embarrassment of unrequited love. Readers may sense that certain of these tales are an autobiographical version of Twelve O’clock Feet. Talking socks and feisty answer-machines add humour whilst far-flung locations … the Okavango, Frankfurt, Aberdeenshire and Tokyo … mix travelogue with acerbic wit and family crisis. On occasion autobiography (Poisonous toe) and fiction (Shut up) do criss-cross (Bread) for greater effect.< Less
at the age of 37 By Neil Raffan
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Catamite heaven, Blue sky cancer, and Process controller memory leak are amongst the intriguing titles within this collection, though one can’t help but wonder whether this eclectic assortment... More > of shorts was written to be published? At times the level of whispered confessional seems all too raw, as if but for a close friend’s eyes - though the emotion expressed is loud and clear and universal. ‘So you are the other spastic, said the voice behind the door.’ Self-mockery pulls the author back from the edge-of-life in the homosexual closet as well as from the trauma and embarrassment of unrequited love. Readers may sense that certain of these tales are an autobiographical version of Twelve O’clock Feet. Talking socks and feisty answer-machines add humour whilst far-flung locations … the Okavango, Frankfurt, Aberdeenshire and Hong Kong … mix travelogue with acerbic wit and family crisis. On occasion autobiography (Poisonous toe) and fiction (Shut up) do criss-cross (Bread) for greater effect.< Less
Concert for a Dead Piano By Neil Raffan
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Eighteen going on? Actually, Ian Roberts is eighteen and just going on – it is 1971 and with his school days about to end what next? Anything? Will he/won’t he go to university? With... More > his beloved Grandma Craig as a sounding board Ian’s prose straddles the child/adult fault line - uncertain on which side to fall. Does he have to fall? A young Aberdonian’s growing pains, what have Camus and Gide done to his mind? Despite himself this is a journey of self-discovery, accompanied, as in Cannibals eat bods, by Ian Ceri and Morag Kennedy.< Less
Cannibals Eat Bods By Neil Raffan
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Thirteen months in the life of the closest of friends. Ian Roberts and Ian Ceri are the epitome of best friends, from school days on to attendance at their home town university … Aberdeen. ... More > Long suffering fans of the Dons a couple of years before the Alex Ferguson revolution the novel kicks off with Ian Roberts running away from home, university, his girlfriend; leaving his best friend behind. Whilst Ian Ceri’s narrative handles the men’s common history as well as the downturn in their football club’s fortunes Ian Roberts appears to be on the edge of a London now in transit from glam rock androgyny whilst he clings to music from the beginning of the decade. The era of Don Revie as the England manager, and as 1976 heads for its summer of summers Jaws and One flew over the cuckoo’s nest are the films to see. Their mid-1970’s correspondence highlights their differences as well as their shared past. Who is the cannibal, who is the bod?< Less
Concert for a dead piano By Neil Raffan
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Eighteen going on? Actually, Ian Roberts is eighteen and just going on – it is 1971 and with his school days about to end what next? Anything? Will he/won’t he go to university? With... More > his beloved Grandma Craig as a sounding board Ian’s prose straddles the child/adult fault line - uncertain on which side to fall. Does he have to fall? A young Aberdonian’s growing pains, what have Camus and Gide done to his mind? Despite himself this is a journey of self-discovery, accompanied, as in Cannibals eat bods, by Ian Ceri and Morag Kennedy.< Less
Cannibals eat bods By Neil Raffan
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Thirteen months in the life of the closest of friends. Ian Roberts and Ian Ceri are the epitome of best friends, from school days on to attendance at their home town university … Aberdeen. ... More > Long suffering fans of the Dons a couple of years before the Alex Ferguson revolution the novel kicks off with Ian Roberts running away from home, university, his girlfriend; leaving his best friend behind. Whilst Ian Ceri’s narrative handles the young men’s common history as well as the downturn in their football club’s fortunes Ian Roberts appears to be on the edge of a London now in transit from glam rock androgyny whilst he clings to music from the beginning of the decade. The era of Don Revie as the England manager, and as 1976 heads for its summer of summers Jaws and One flew over the cuckoo’s nest are the films to see. Their mid-1970’s correspondence highlights their differences as well as their shared past. Who is the cannibal, who is the bod?< Less
George ffree-Lance By Neil Raffan
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Imagine The Famous Five trapped inside A Clockwork Orange of their own creation. Crumbs! Amongst other issues in his life, former children’s favourite, Ricky Buns has writer’s block. His... More > sister-in-law and her circle of twenty-something post-punk bored-again friends are looking for a hobby. It is the beginning of the 1980’s when The Committee is formed, pre-the internet, mobile phone and social network revolution. And very much pre-the world of political correctness. Ostensibly out to help Ricky they are very much looking to amuse themselves. This stylised black comedy deals with layered levels of persecution and relative reality that boredom and angst have engendered, with the eponymous George unwittingly at both its centre and periphery.< Less
George Ffree-Lance By Neil Raffan
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Imagine The Famous Five trapped inside A Clockwork Orange of their own creation. Crumbs! Amongst other issues in his life, former children’s favourite, Ricky Buns has writer’s block. His... More > sister-in-law and her circle of twenty-something post-punk bored-again friends are looking for a hobby. It is the beginning of the 1980’s when The Committee is formed, pre-the internet, mobile phone and social network revolution. And very much pre-the world of political correctness. Ostensibly out to help Ricky they are very much looking to amuse themselves. This stylised black comedy deals with layered levels of persecution and relative reality that boredom and angst have engendered, with the eponymous George unwittingly at both its centre and periphery.< Less
Neuter Spectator By Neil Raffan
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Changed circumstances lead Gabrielle Trythall, a widow, to push her surviving son into exile from the cosy family home on the West Sussex coast of England. Against his better judgement Paul... More > temporarily relocates to a flat within an old Victorian house in South London. How he does or doesn't cope is closely linked to his relationship with the occupants of the other flats within the house. But which one is the neuter spectator?< Less