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Lauren Seymour enjoys a well-ordered existence. Passing her time in York she likes nothing better than the occasional crisp sandwich, reality TV, listening to her CD collection and ignoring the advice of her big gay housemate. An early morning phone-call suddenly shakes her out of her comfortable groove. How do you react when the odd guy you once tried to avoid befriending whilst at university claims that you are now the only person on the planet who could possibly help him? When that man has been pulled half alive out of the icy-cold waters of the River Ouse after attempting to kill himself you might feel obliged to at least see what you could do. What she discovers in the 32 year old Robert P. Gorman is a man who has kept the ashes of his dead granny under his bed for ten years, and who hasn't bought an item of clothing for a similar length of time. Yet he doesn't seem completely beyond redemption. Could Lauren be the one to rescue Robert?
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Martyn Clayton was born at the height of the 1970s in a small dull town in the heart of middle England in a post-hippy, pre-punk musical lull. His earliest ambition was to both escape his birthplace, and then win the UK Disco Dancing Championships. Sadly these were axed before he came of age. So rather than dancing, he took up writing having his first article published in a magazine when he was just 13. After a brief spell as a DJ, he trained as a journalist then embarked on a freelance career which saw him take in a head-spinningly diverse range of topics in search of a daily crust, including a brief role as a dating magazine ’agony aunt’. In 2003, he wrote a non fiction book about the Roma Gypsy people’s worldwide. After hitting thirty two and realizing that he still hadn’t written that novel he always thought he had in him, he got to work on "Take Me Out" after having a dream about the central character, Lauren Seymour walking through his adopted hometown of York in northern England. His fiction deals with issues such as mental health, friendship, gender and popular culture. His ambition is to write fiction that engages from the first page and is immediately accessible yet manages to touch on subjects rarely ventured into within popular fiction. He is inspired by the remarkable ordinariness of the everyday and the intriguing nature of the people he sees around him on the streets of Old York City.
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Book Description Subculture Books, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0979919452