Inheriting his grandmother’s crumbling mansion, Rory Blaine creates Britain’s first retirement home for gay men. Thirty years earlier, the teenage Rory had been exiled from the house, the only home he’d ever known, when his sexuality was discovered. Now in his forties, beneath his tough carefree hedonistic exterior he remains rootless and lonely. The prospective residents, Rory’s ‘boys’ are an eclectic bunch, united only by a longing to grow old in a sympathetic haven. But the project becomes threatened, not only when the house is ‘outed’ by the tabloids but by Rory’s complex and shifting relationships with his young partner Faisal, with Vic d’Orsay, an elderly singing star who has funded the restoration and, above all, by the carefully constructed character Rory has built around himself. Then, suddenly, there is a woman in his life … Perceptive and moving, Rory’s Boys is about one man’s struggle to accept who he is and about the need most of us have to find some sort of family.
'Funny, touching, tender, true ... wonderfully rich and wry.' Gyles Brandreth
'A very, very good writer. Alan Clark writes with intelligence, warmth,bravery and wit about subjects that are to do with how we choose to live our lives.' Sue Townsend
'Alan Clark takes his selfish but redeemable hero Rory Blaine and pulls him through this metrosexual and homosexual glance at Great Expectations with a pace to die for. Funny, touching and as readable as anything you will read this year.' John Sessions