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A Sense of Loss and other stories
by Martin Foreman
"There were too many people, far too many people; I wanted to be alone or I wanted to be
in darkness or I wanted to be outside. I did not know what I wanted, only that within me there was an unsatisfied and unrecognised need, an itch that tormented just out of reach."

Fifteen short stories displaying a counterpoint of different voices, each with a ring of authenticity. Written in the 1990s, some reflect the shifting kaleidoscope of gay reality in Britain at the time: the sexual compulsion of "Room With No View", the high-energy rhythm of "Discotheque" or the cynical manipulation of "Simon's Dinner Party". Others take the reader to wider horizons - to Brazil and into landscapes of allegory and myth. The title story, excerpted above, relates the voice of the beautiful youth in Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and becamse the basis of Martin's one-man play, Tadzio Speaks . . .

Published by Gay Men's Press in 1993, the few remaining copies are distributed by Arbery Books at the discounted price of £5.00.
A Sense of Loss by Martin Foreman

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Reviews of A Sense of Loss 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.

"Accomplished, literate, dignified, deeply felt"
Times Literary Supplement, London
"as delicate and haunting a piece of prose as I've read all year"

"Martin Foreman has an uncomfortable, probably accurate view of the human condition; an excellent book"
IQ, June / July 1993

ISBN 0-85449-185-6       soft cover, 186pp        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 directed 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 and 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 from the city again. For those who insist on categories, 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 occasionally directs theatre and acts in short films.

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

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