The Old Haunts Book
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RELEASE DATE - 14 SEPTEMBER 2023
Recently bereaved Jamie is staying at a rural steading in the heart of Scotland with his actor boyfriend Alex. The sudden loss of both of Jamie's parents hangs like a shadow over the trip. In his grief, Jamie finds himself sifting through bittersweet memories, from his working-class upbringing in Edinburgh to his bohemian twenties in London, with a growing awareness of his sexuality threaded through these formative years.
In the present, when Alex is called away to an audition, Jamie can no longer avoid the pull of the past: haunted by an inescapable failure to share his full self with his parents, he must confront his unresolved feelings towards them.
In spare, evocative prose, Allan Radcliffe tells a wistful coming-of-age story and paints a tender portrait of grief in all its complexities.
'A rippling, multifaceted jewel of a novel - Poignant and compelling, it is resonant with vivid images'
Kevin MacNeil, author of The Brilliant & Forever
'Allan Radcliffe's debut touched my heart. Both insightful and observant, warm and infinitely relatable'
Henry Fry, author of First Time for Everything
'This poignant Bildungsroman is at once a tender tale of queer awakening in the Edinburgh of the 80s and 90s and a heartbreaking love letter'
Mary Paulson-Ellis, bestselling author of The Other Mrs Walker, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing and Emily Noble's Disgrace