Friday, 7 May 2010

Guest Blog from Gavin at Quartet Books

One of the selected titles this month is Dazed & Aroused by Gavin James Bower (Quartet Books). This sharp and highly entertaining novel is refreshing and enables the reader to delve into the glitzy, glamorous, and addictive world of fashion.

For six hectic months, season to season in the High Fashion calendar, twenty‐something male model Alex hurtles between London, Paris and Milan, absorbed in the ruthless world of the catwalk. His long‐term girlfriend, Nathalie, is desperate to rekindle their love; his oldest friend, Hugo, though regarding Alex’s so‐called career as frivolous, continues to urge fidelity; while his father, reduced to a voice on an answer machine, nevertheless persists in seeking his estranged son’s approval.

As his stock as a model soars, Alex is increasingly drawn into a world of predatory sex, drug‐induced infatuation and a growing bewilderment with the alluring, seductive shallowness of all he sees around him. The centre cannot hold...

Here is an exclusive, deleted scene from the book:

After the shoot is over I dream I’m with the two Japanese stylists and we’re in a club and have a table and are ordering bottles of U’Luvka vodka with fireworks on top and pitchers of cranberry and orange and the club is full of footballers and pop stars and 'New Gold Dream 81082-83-84' by Simple Minds is playing really loud and we actually dance on top of the table at one point.

Dazed from a day in the sun and a night of mainly drinking alcohol I ask them if they want to leave with me and they say 'Yes' and nod simultaneously and we all go back to a five-star hotel suite that I think is mine and we do some coke in the bathroom and I show them the trick with the Parliament cigareet and this makes them giggle and I think this means they're impressed.

We start kissing in the bathroom and they drag me into the bedroom and make me get undressed and stand for them in the middle of the room while they stare at me and whisper to one another but I'm not at all self-conscious and just stand there nude.

I join them on the bed and get them to turn around and then I take a moment to decide which one of them looks best from behind but it's actually purely academic because it's my dream and let's face it I can do what I want.

She's the one in front of me, the siren and the ecstasy.

New gold dream...

Many thanks to Gavin for providing such a fantastic blog. Visit Quartet Books' site by clicking here and browse among other brilliant titles that they have to offer.

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