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Congratulations @lukerutledge.writer on his debut A MAN AND HIS PRIDE 🤩, devoured this book this weekend – funny, sad and unflinching in its portrayal of a hot mid twenties white cis gay man during Australia’s plebiscite on equal marriage. 💯related with the gay characters and it transported me back to that time. I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy ahead of having @lukerutledge.writer on @queerwritessessions podcast – can not wait to talk with him about it. Highly recommend, out 31st January @penguinbooksaus – blurb below ⬇️ Congratulations again @lukerutledge.writer , loved it! BLURB Sometimes life can be hard – until the right person shows you the way.

Despite coming out years ago, twenty-six-year-old Sean Preston has never been one to shout his sexuality from the rooftops. When his relationship of three months comes to a humiliating end, he vows never to become emotionally attached again, falling into a cycle of hook-ups, booze and an unrelenting gym routine.

The rest of Sean’s life isn’t panning out how he hoped either. His job as an online troll moderator is testing his mental health, his best friend and former girlfriend still resents him for coming out, and even his own mother seems to blame him for a tragedy that tore their family apart. But it is his surprising connection with an eighty-seven-year-old nursing home resident that pushes his identity crisis to the brink.

Set in Brisbane during Australia’s 2017 same-sex marriage plebiscite, A Man and His Pride is an exuberant and deeply moving story that celebrates some of the many ways to be gay, and shows that finding your pride is a journey – one you cannot take alone.