One Hot Summer
by Ian Barker
For a boy to learn of the pleasures and pains of adult life, all it takes is One Hot Summer…
John Burton is seventeen, it’s the long hot British summer of 1976 and his life is about to change, in ways he has carefully planned, and ways he cannot yet know, as he embarks on a roller-coaster journey to maturity by way of music, cars, love, sex, friendship, rivalry, guilt and death.
John’s world is populated by those who have helped mould his character. His parents, proof that opposites attract; Penny, his girlfriend, evidence that persistence can sometimes pay off; his grandmother, incorrigible and unshockable; Craig, his best friend, confidant, and sounding board; Alan, who holds a secret only John knows; Katie, object of John’s pubescent fantasies; Deborah, who collects underpants; Graham, the first local to embrace punk; Dino, John’s rival in love; Sandy, the dog; and other bit part players.
A story of teenage obsession and insecurity; of sensual experience and terminal embarrassment; of learning about life whilst still fighting to understand oneself.
Published December 2012
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