Item #8796 Alienation. Ian Everton.


London: Gay Men’s Press, 1982. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s stiff illustrated paper wraps.

First edition of British writer Ian Everton’s speculative fiction novel. An early depiction of gay liberation in the UK, the story is set in a future England after a Civil War, and details the blossoming relationship between Jon, an amnesic gay man (his condition a metaphor for homosexuality and alienation), and Peter, a writer grappling with his identity, as they travel back to the homophobic north from London. Published by the pioneering Gay Men’s Press (GMP). Founded in 1979, GMP salvaged overlooked queer authors such as James Purdy and famously produced the first children’s book about homosexual parents, Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin, which contributed to the passing of Margaret Thatcher's Section 28 laws restricting the "promotion" of homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle. Cover illustration by GMP founder Aubrey Walter. Traces of sticker residue to upper and lower wraps. Minor rubbing and edgewear, else fine. Item #8796


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