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...I found it absolutely fascinating. Sui generis, thoroughly interesting, fabulously vivid in place and time, and I’m glad I read it.”

- KJ Charles, author of The Magpie Lord

“Intriguing, ambitious, and pretty damn delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Hugh' and it gave me a lot to think about. This is a unique and exhilarating journey."

– Alexis Hall, author of Boyfriend Material

From an old family trunk comes a manuscript which never saw the light of day.

Its pages tell of a young man awakening to himself, his sexuality, and

his world, in this love letter to the era of Tom Jones.

The slightly spoiled, slightly poetical, slightly absurd son of an

ambitious baronet, Hugh Entwistle possesses the wealth and

connections to make him a success in Georgian England. But before

pursuing a posh military appointment, he will spend the summer of

1768 at his country estate – far from the turmoil in London this politically volatile year.

Only to discover a deeper, more profound turmoil within himself when he encounters 
the rebellious, and beautiful, son of the parish parson.

So begins the hilarious and heart-breaking collapse of a well-ordered world. Hugh paints a sprawling canvas of 18th century England – a world of wig powder and heeled slippers, of connivers and blackmailers, in which the search for Liberty will require Hugh to redefine the rules of the game.

Readers are enchanted with Hugh: A Hero without a Novel:

“Sui generis, thoroughly interesting, fabulously vivid in place and time. It’s extremely and realistically Georgian. A queer bildungsroman with more than a nod to Tom Jones, Tristram Shandy and the like. I found it absolutely fascinating...”
– KJ Charles, author of The Secret Lives of Country Gentleman

“‘Hugh' is a deliciously satirical comedy, written in an

antiquated syntax appropriate to the 18th century

setting. At first entranced by, and then denied beauty,

passion, and ecstasy (and what passion! ...the Sorrows of Young Werther came to mind...), Hugh becomes indifferent to offered pleasure until, at last, and in deathly fear of exposure, he attains the (outrageously, hilariously warped) Sublime." – Maria Huttenrauch, NetGalley Reviews

“…a work of queer historical archiving that’s as admirable and remarkable

as its hero.” – Kirkus Reviews

Copyright © 2021 by David Lawrence Johnson
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