"It's about the excitement at the start of a love affair, when someone seems magical."
"It's about being in love and everyone knows apart from the person you're in love with."
"It's about a fear of the dark which can be conquered by somebody you love being there."
"It's about the end of a possibility, the end of hope."
"It's about dreaming."
"It's about escape and flying."
"It's about winning."
"It's about an idealistic gay utopia, but looking back in hindsight it wasn't the utopia they all thought it would be."
"It's about the end of a relationship."
"It's about class, about rough boys getting a bit of posh."
"It's about growing old, and that when you've reached a certain age you've survived this far, you're still alive."
"It's about waiting for someone to tell you they love you."
"It's about saying goodbye."
Although internationally known as a novelist, Now Is Not The Time For Trumpets, Beautiful Deconstruction, Everything Could Be So Perfect, Sunsets Etc and Sad Confetti to name a few, Mark Binmore is less known for his prose, which features a kaleidoscope of scenarios and locations, together with a highly diverse cast of characters, from glamorous movie stars to burnt out strippers, somnambulists to drag queens, from a lonely bee-keeper, who said, 'I don't meet many people, I'm very busy with the hives, when's my cloud of bees coming home?' to the child growing into an adult, on the day they learned to swim, because, 'I’m all grown up now.'
That he has shared some of these characters through prose has enriched popular culture for many years; that he has also done so through poetry strikes some as surprising years since the publication of his first book. One reason is the comparative greatness of his literary output – sometimes the work can get lost – he has published several prose only collections, the first, Beautiful Mess.
It’s a book Mark never mentions.
Originally published in 1998, a limited edition hardback edition will be available Winter 2022.
Further details to be announced.
To be published by Fontana.