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TALES OF PERSUASION

PHILIP HENSHER/FOURTH ESTATE

A brilliantly astute book of 11 short stories on the theme of persuasion, or in some instances outright manipulation, from the Booker-Prize-shortlisted author Philip Hensher. In the opening story, a frustrated man tries to seduce his neighbour’s handsome young Argentinian lover. In ‘Time of War’, Fred, a Soho hedonist, travels to a quiet lakeside hotel in southern India and begins to envisage the impending machinations of war. In another story, a young boy is tied up by a group of children and assaulted with snowballs on a summer’s day and in ‘The Painter’s Sons’, two gay brothers strive — with varying success — to find love and happiness in spite of the influence of their artistic parents. The settings range from Clapham to Greece, and from Yorkshire to Italy but every narrative is unified by Hensher’s incredible eye for detail and effortless talent for multi-layered storytelling.

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From EastEnders to X-Men! Ben Hardy returns to Attitude for his second cover feature, fresh off the set of hotly anticipated superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse. Inside, we present a special report on gay racism, looking at how Black, Asian and ethnic minorities are represented in the gay community, scene and media. We also interview Olivier award-winning Matt Henry from hit musical Kinky Boots, Alexander Vlahos who plays the gay prince in new BBC series Versailles, and feature a photo exclusive from hot new book Why Drag? Plus, in praise of the legendary Meryl Streep, and a look at the contentious issue of pinkwashing and Tel Aviv Pride.
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