Fiction of Gay Interest
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Plot / Content: Rating: G
"Roger Bannister's life runs in a comfortable groove. He is satisfied with his job as Sales Director of a publishing house, content with his nice home and suburban family.
"Suddenly, his whole world is shattered when the firm he works for is taken over, its original owners squeezed out - and he is sacked on the spot.
"This is an exploration, often dramatic and always authentic, of the strains and tensions that a sudden upheaval brings. Family relationships alter drastically, unpleasant truths have to be faced, but Bannister is compelled to come to terms with a world which is more interesting - if less cosy - than he had thought.
"The examination of himself and those around him is what provides Rupert Bannister with his true liberation. For him life can never be the same again."
(from the jacket)
Background / Biography:
Martyn Goff was a long-standing member of the British literary establishment and administered the prestigious Booker Prize for 35 years until his retirement in 2006. The Youngest Director is one of several novels he wrote with homosexual themes / characters.
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"February 2th 1970: it started like nearly every other day. A teamaker alarm woke Rupert Bannister and his wife. He poured himself tea; Meg turned over and went back to sleep. Tea drunk, he got up and woke the children in turn. Sally would get up straightaway: her journey to school involved two bus changes and took nearly forty-five minutes. Mark would need two more calls: the College of Further Eduction was more easily reached, started later and was not so particular about punctual attendance. Besides, Rupert and Meg had agreed that Mark seemed on the verge of rebellion. It was more often proclaimed than acted out, but they didn't want to provoke it by a show of parental discipline.
The Bannisters made their own breakfasts in their own time, rarely cooking anything. Cereals, fruit juices, coffee - only if Meg came down would they venture into bacon and eggs or sausages. Sally always left first. Rupert followed soon after, kissing his dozing wife and shaking his sleepy son before getting into his car. He liked to be at the office early, a habit imprinted on him by his father and faithfully followed from his days as apprentice rep to fully-fledged Sales Director. By the time the office officially opened, he aimed to have read all the orders and other mail and to have taken action on some of it."
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