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Anne Brooke: fiction writer

Contemporary gay romance and fantasy writer. Also loves flowers and bakes the occasional cake. Sometimes they're edible ...

Top-class literary romance

The Woman Who Knew What She Wanted - William Coles

This book is absolutely gripping - both literary and a page-turner - and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The man's point of view on a key relationship was a very refreshing spin on the literary romance genre, and I also thought the descriptions of Kim's life as a waiter, his friendships and family relationships were just great.


Of course the main focus is his relationship with the older artist, Cally, which was both movingly and sharply portrayed. Some of the relationship is strangely magical and some of it is very bleak, but it's a tour-de-force of description. The ending is both poignant and perfect. More please.