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Paul Burston Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Shameless (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star People (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lovers and Losers (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gay Divorcee (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Path (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Closer I Get (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Paul Burston
Paul Burston was born in York and grew up in South Wales. He attended Brynteg Comprehensive School and studied Drama and Film, and English.

He is the host and founder of the award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari at Southbank Centre. Paul is also the founder of The Polari First Book Prize for new LGBT writing. For quite some time, he edited the gay and lesbian section of Time Out magazine.

Paul’s work has appeared places such as The Sunday Times, The Guardian, as well as many other publications. He is a frequent contributor to radio and television and has written and presented documentaries for Channel 4.

“The Black Path” was longlisted for a Not the Booker Prize in 2016 by Guardian. “Lovers and Losers” was shortlisted for a Stonewall Award. “Shameless” was shortlisted for the State of Britain Award. Paul was featured in the British Council’s Global List of the 33 visionary people promoting freedom, equality, and rights for LGBT all around the world.

His debut novel, called “Shameless”, was released in the year 2001. His work is from the general fiction and non-fiction genres, and he has written novels and short stories.

“Shameless” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 2001. Martin is decent, kind, and not too bad to look at, just look at where it has gotten him. His boyfriend of four years just ran off with a male prostitute, and his buddies Caroline and John both have their own excess baggage to fill a Louis Vuitton window display. What can a nice gay guy do?

Without anyone to turn to, Martin decides to relive that wild youth he never had, and jumps head first right into hedonism, at the ripe age of 32. Quickly, the nights of muscle-hard bodies, drugs, and even harder music start to take their toll. Martin, Caroline, and John discover that as fun as being totally shameless is, and it can be pretty fun, it also comes with a price attached. One they might not ultimately be able to pay.

Fans of the novel found this to be funny, delightful, and witty and they had a lot of fun reading the novel. The characters are frustrating if still sympathetic and there is a great plot line. Some readers found themselves laughing out loud, and found they enjoyed reading about London.

“Star People” is the second stand alone novel and was released in the year 2006. Sex, diva tantrums, and drugs. If you are A-list, you can pretty much get away with anything. There is still one taboo remaining in Hollywood. If you are an all-acton movie star hero, and gay, then you live in the closet. End of the conversation.

Matt Walsh is at the top of the Hollywood ladder. He commands twenty million dollars each film, and each one is a smash at the box office. Walsh has got a secret. Billy West, his lover and a rent-boy, has Brad Pitt’s body and Monroe’s fragility. Simon Fowler, a British hack, gets sent to send a grovelling vanity piece about Walsh, he finds out about the star’s secret life, as well as the story that could destroy him. Walsh has got a long way to fall, and might take a lot of people with him.

This is a novel that hops right over the velvet rope and points its telephoto lens at stars, paparazzi, hookers, and scarier-than-hell PR bitches. It all makes for a fast-paced, smart, and wildly entertaining novel about jealousy, fame, love, and murder.

“Lovers and Losers” is the third stand alone novel and was released in the year 2007. Steve was once a winner. A haircut that thousands of teens across the country imitated, five consecutive Top Ten hits, and a coke habit that was just about legendary. This was during the eighties, when Steve was part of A Boy and His Diva, a pop duo. Before Katrina, the Diva half of the duo, came back home to locate Steve in bed with her boyfriend Mikey.

Now in his forties, Steve is determined to give things another shot. There is a new reality show on Channel 4, and Steve believes this might be the ideal chance to restart the band. There is only a single problem. Katrina and Steve haven’t spoken in many years.

At the same time, Katrina is married and has a kid, and doesn’t have much interest in rekindling those dreams from that period. Mikey was the love of her life, and when Steve comes knocking at her door, his arrival reopens those old wounds and raises a few uncomfortable questions.

This is a witty, wise, and evocative novel about the decade filled with excess and the legacy it left behind. This has likable characters with a great story and some history of eighties music. Readers found themselves laughing and crying on each page.

“The Closer I Get” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 2019. Tom is a successful author, but struggles to complete his novel. His main distraction is Evie, an online admirer, who just will not leave him alone.

Evie is well read, smart, and unstable; she lives with her dad and all of her social media friendships are everything she has, no longer just an escape. She gets hit with a restraining order, her world gets turned upside down, and Tom is now free to just live life again, just concentrate on his writing.

Things just are not adding up. Tom is distracted yet addicted to his online relationships, and they take a more menacing and darker turn, he only feels powerless to change anything. Maybe he needs Evie a lot more than he lets on.

This novel is compulsive, powerful, disturbingly relevant, and twisty and it is a searing commentary on the insincerity and fragility of online relationships, and the dangers lurking just a ‘like’ away. Both Evie and Tom are fascinating characters, as they are totally flawed and fully formed characters with their own personalities. This is a thought provoking yet unnerving novel that is quite clever.

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