The Butterfly's Wing

“I was young enough not to realise what I was letting myself in for,
and young enough that if I had known I would not have cared.”

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 in 1996 by Gay Men’s Press

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

£5.00 UK post-free     (other countries: contact us)



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