He's Done Ever So Well for Himself — Justin David
When your life is a soap opera, you're bound to meet a few divas
As a little boy, growing up in the half of the country decimated by the steely economics of Mrs Thatcher, Jamie dreams of rubbing shoulders with the glamorous creatures from the pages of Smash Hits – only to discover years later that once amongst them, the real stars in his life are the ones he left behind. Not least, his mother Gloria whose one-liners and put-downs are as colourful as her marabou mules and DayGlo dungarees. All of this she carries off with the panache of a television landlady.
Jamie swaps the high heels and high hair of 80s Midlands for the high expectations of art school in the city at the heart of 90s Cool Britannia. He’s drawn towards a new family of misfits, fuelled by drugs and sexual experimentation – from which he must ultimately untangle himself in order to fulfil his dreams.
‘Poignant storytelling, in which pithy dialogue and sharp characterisation make for compelling reading.’—PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE
'There's not much rarer than a working class voice in fiction, except maybe a gay working class voice. We need writers like Justin David.'—PAUL MCVEIGH, author of The Good Son