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Boy Friends - Michael Pedersen

Boy Friends - Michael Pedersen

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Title: Boy Friends

Author:  Michael Pedersen

ISBN:  9780571360055

Weight:  692 g

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Boy Friends by Michael Pedersen

An intimate and original memoir of love, grief and male friendship by one of Scotland’s brightest young talents.

Ever feel like you were fated to be friends with someone?  An alchemy in your meeting, instant fondness – part chemical, part kismet.  This is how I’ve felt about every friend I’ve fallen in love with – none so much as you.

In 2018, Michael Pedersen lost a most cherished friend soon after their voyage to the Scottish Highlands.  Sitting at a desk at The Curfew Tower, Northern Ireland, Michael begins to write to his departed friend – Scott Hutchison.  What starts as a love letter to one magical, coruscating human soon becomes a paean to many friendships – perhaps all friendship.

In Boy Friends, Pedersen confronts the bewildering process of grief.  As memories rise to the surface – both heart-wrenching and hilarious – he recalls his younger self: the overly sensitive boy growing up in working-class Edinburgh; his befuddling stint in an ancient collegiate university; a short-lived, combustible career as a lawyer; and, foremost, the gorgeous male friendships that have transformed his life.

Written with intoxicating energy, Boy Friends is a powerful depiction of friendship and loss, a homage to the beauty of moments shared.

Peer & Press Reviews

Boy Friends is an inclusive, collective hug, sharing platter of a book that takes us along for the ride…  The words take flight and come into land, often with a laugh, on every page, and while it’s undeniably about male friendships, it’s a journey you don’t have to be a ‘boy’ to enjoy… life-affirming.

Janet Christie, Scotsman

Lucid, lyrical, loaded, Boy Friends is a love letter to friendship.  Michael Pedersen hauntingly captures the exhilaration and the romance of fine friendship and the terror and bewilderment at the loss of it.  Boy Friends is gut-wrenching and yet gallus too – taking us on a rollercoaster journey of love and loss that makes you say to yourself, more than once, yes, that’s it exactly.

Jackie Kay, author of Red Dust Road

Pedersen offers an extended reverie on the dynamics of male friendship, an underexplored literary landscape…  A consistently intimate and often moving memoir of friendship.


Bibliographic Info

TitleBoy Friends
Book Features
Edition / printingIndependent bookshop exclusive first edition, first printing
Edition featuresThe jacket of the indie edition has a reverse colourway to all other editions.  That is, the two figures on the front are magenta and the title and author’s name are very dark (looks black) purple – see image.  On other editions, these are purple / magenta.
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Book Stats
PublisherFaber & Faber
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139780571360055
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages223 (inc. Prologue 3pp., Notes 2pp., Acknowledgements 3pp.)
Size (h x w x d)223 x 143 x 26mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographKat Gollock
illustrationNathaniel Russell

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