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The Plaster Fabric (1957)

by Martyn Goff

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Goff, Martynprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dines, MartinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Minton, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Times Literary Supplement It is doubtful whether since male homosexuality was admitted as a subject for treatment in English fiction it has inspired a more satisfactory novel than Martyn Goff s The Plaster Fabric. - Spectator Mr. Goff s earnest handling of his extremely delicate subject, homosexuality, commends him to serious attention . . . The sense of impending doom, of the hostility of society, of insecurity, and the constant terror of betrayal are all well conceived. - John Betjeman, Daily Telegraph When Martyn Goff s daring first novel, The Plaster Fabric, was published in 1957, homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain and both Goff and his publisher risked prosecution for the book s frank treatment of gay themes. Laurence Laurie Kingston, a former Air Force pilot now working as a bookseller and artist, is a man with a secret. Born gay, Laurie has spun a web of lies to conceal his homosexuality, which, if discovered, could cost him his job, his friends, and even his freedom. After a chance encounter one foggy night with Tom Beeson, a rugged soldier, Laurie finds himself falling in love. But the situation becomes complicated when Laurie s best friend, Susan, also falls for Tom. When Laurie becomes involved in this complicated triangle, he runs the risk of losing everything as the fabric of his carefully constructed life begins to chip away like flakes of plaster . . . A novel that deserves a place alongside early gay classics like Rodney Garland s The Heart in Exile (1953) and Mary Renault s The Charioteer (1953), The Plaster Fabric has the original jacket art by John Minton.
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