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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
275 Park Court Drive By Neil Raffan
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Forty years of Neil Raffan's poems, including the infamous 'Up me nose'. This collection deals with the usual subject matter of life and death, love and sex, and family as well as odes of attempted... More > self-declaration.< Less
275 Park Court Drive By Neil Raffan
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Forty years of Neil Raffan's poems. Other than the infamous Up me nose this collection also contains Elizabeth, Panic in Bolton, Moroccan sleep, Who shot John Lennon? and Endless... More > killing. Sharing with the usual suspects of subjects (family, life, love, death and sex) are a number of odes at attempted self-declaration. Enjoy!< Less
Bear Cheek By Neil Raffan
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‘We are all misfits. There is no such thing as normal. It is just that some are better than others at hiding their peculiarities.’ So open’s this latest collection from Neil... More > Raffan. Whilst it may be too simplistic to say the contents falls into two categories; either travelogues or displays of heart-on-sleeve; it contains the least fiction. The universal themes carry with them a sharp personal edge, however obvious the attempt to deflect it with humour.< Less
Bear Cheek By Neil Raffan
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‘We are all misfits. There is no such thing as normal. It is just that some are better than others at hiding their peculiarities.’ So opens this latest collection from Neil... More > Raffan. Whilst it may be too simplistic to say the content falls into two categories; either travelogues or displays of heart-on-sleeve; it contains the least fiction. The universal themes carry with them a sharp personal edge, however obvious the attempt to deflect it with humour. Travel to Mali or Zambia, Iowa, Mississippi and beyond.< Less
Hunting Roundabouts By Neil Raffan
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Tokyo in the early 1990’s … the economy may well be in the beginnings of its decline but the foreign financial sector workers are still playing whoopee. Kevin Jones, one such worker, has... More > finally come out to himself but to few others. Whilst his Svengali, Dave, is back in the UK will Kevin break free from his past of lost loves and denial of self. With the Tokyo gay-scene excluding open access to foreigners, how will Kevin’s path towards coming out progress in this land where the 21st Century may have been reached technologically yet to Western eyes female emancipation appears at best as early 20th Century. Wonder at the beauty and contrasts of Japan through the eyes of a 30 something as he goes through life with his ears filled with popular music. Fellow Brit employee Kamal has skin colour to add to his gaijin make-up, thrown together by despising Front Office excesses will he and Kevin discover more in common …< Less
True Falsetto By Neil Raffan
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How can a gay love triangle and a straight love square be linked … ask Kevin Jones, a twenty-five year old fumbling his way to sexual adulthood. London in the late 1980’s and Kevin is a... More > back office worker in The City, he has today’s pop hits as well as those from yesteryear playing inside his head along with a very real dread of AIDS as he muddles through his own mire of delusion. Kevin, though at times feigning to be straight, is aided and abetted by Dave, his gay Svengali, as he seeks to make fellow City worker Eddie the replacement for his some time departed ex; whilst at the same time appearing to be one of his girl friend Nicky’s three possible suitors. Whilst Eddie has to choose between John and Kevin, Nicky’s choice is between Craig, Terry and Kevin … confused? The straight lives of Kevin’s brother and his cousin also encroach on Kevin’s as he is egged on to come clean to Nicky even if he feels he is not able to fully come out.< Less
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
Twelve O'clock Feet By Neil Raffan
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‘Would you like your bottom wiped by a total stranger.’ Life has given Brian Robinson a savage sense of self-mockery. A turbulent and opinionated testament left to two of his nephews,... More > Pockets and Razor. Assuring them of his love, he explains why there comes a time to move on from the terrestrial life that no longer affords him physical intimacy. But life is becoming more complicated, however much tidying up Brian does. The life of The Colonel, the third and despised nephew, begins to unravel as events reveal how the Catholic Macgregor family are inextricably linked to the Robinsons. And what of the unexpected possibility of bonding with the phlegmatic Peter found by chance on a chat-line. A wry urban confessional that combines the complex humanity of White Teeth with the exultant drive to self-disclosure found in The Abomination, Twelve O’clock Feet shows a remarkable individual bending the ear of life with a raucous combination of rant and love song. ‘There’ll be no resurrection this Easter Sunday.'< Less