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The Butterfly's Wing
by Martin Foreman
Andy McIllray and Tom Dayton are a well-matched couple in their thirties, happy after four years together. Andy has a high-flying job with an international organisation while Tom has given up unrewarding work in catering to look after the smallholding they have bought in Berkshire. Disaster strikes when Andy's work takes him to Peru, where he is kidnapped by the Shining Path guerrilla movement. Tom not only has to deal with Andy's absence but with the intrusion of the tabloid press, which has far-reaching consequences.


An ambitious novel cast in the form of two diaries which record the torment both men are thrown into and which forces them each to face hidden truths about themselves and their relationship. Written in the 1990s, the story weaves major issues of the world at that time with personal agonies as it moves towards its dramatic denouement.


Published by Gay Men's Press in 1996, the few remaining copies are distributed by Arbery Books at the reduced price of £5.00 to reflect minor damage that may have been caused in storage.
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Reviews of The Butterfly's Wing were good but paper copies have been lost and internet pages are no longer available. We have to take the author's word that the following statements once appeared online or in print.


"...unique and memorable... ...highly recommended..."
GLBT Round Table of the American Library Assocation



"a powerful piece of fiction ... filled with multidimensional characters, emotion and wonderful descriptions"
Library Journal (US)
"no one will be able to read this book and remain unmoved" Wayne Courtois

"an absolutely amazing love story ... fascinating"
WNDZ Chicago


"remarkable ... a riveting tale"      Alabama Journal



ISBN 978-0-85449-223-7       soft cover, 251pp        5.00




Martin Foreman is the author of two novels, two short story collections and several plays, all available from Arbery Books. He is the winner of the 2012 London Solo Festival New Writing Award and the 2018 Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award. In August 2018 he is directing two of his plays - his adaptation of Ben Jonson's Jacobean comedy Volpone and a new one-act drama Casanova Dreaming - at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Martin was born in Dundee, went to school and university in Edinburgh, then spent many years working and living in London and across the world. He has returned to live in Edinburgh and does not expect to move far from the city again. He dislikes categories but for those who insist on them, he is a British writer who happens to be gay and whose primary themes are love, loss and the intensity of emotions. As well as writing, he acts occasionally on stage and in short films.

writing website: martinforeman.com               theatre / film website: martinforeman.me.uk





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