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Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

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Much has been written about the relationship between man and his so-called best friend but Lily and the Octopus, by debut novelist Steven Rowley, could well be the most successful look at the subject yet. Ted Flask is a 42-year-old gay writer recovering from a relationship breakdown and struggling to make a successful career for himself in Los Angeles. When he discovers a tumour in the shape of an octopus on the head of his pet dachshund Lily, his life is thrown into turmoil. Ted and Lily’s life together is wonderfully drawn and a delight to read, as is the imagined dialogue between the two. Lily’s a terrific character and Ted is an engaging, often hilarious narrator. But we soon discover just how lonely and broken he is. It’s in fighting the octopus that he gradually learns just how much he’s withdrawn from the outside world and realises that until he breaks his routine with Lily he won’t be able to fix what’s wrong with his life. So her impending death becomes a source of heartbreak but also possible redemption. An adorable and enriching book, Lily and the Octopus will leave you loving your pet that little more intensely but, more importantly, loving yourself a whole lot more, too.

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The new issue of the biggest gay magazine in the world is here! Winq is 196 pages of luxury lifestyle for discerning gents. Get your hands on the gay magazine you’ve always wanted. In our new August/September issue, chat show queen Ellen DeGeneres and fashion legend Michael Kors grace the cover. Ellen talks the return of forgetful fish Dory and lesbian stereotypes, while Michael Kors reflects on his illustrious career and married life. Peruvian model-turned-chef Franco Noriega is one hot dish in the food section, and we welcome our new columnist Cameron Laux, who will be sharing the ins and outs of being a gay dad over the coming issues. In our travel pages, we’re following our hearts to San Francisco and getting back to basics in Namibia, while the travel theme continues in our bumper style section with stylish shoots from Suriname, Israel, Vegas and France. All of this, within bigger and better sections dedicated to people, travel, style, business, home, fitness and culture. Be upstanding, Winq is the luxury lifestyle magazine for gay men.

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