Private Worlds: Growing Up Gay in Post-War Britain

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by Jeremy Seabrook

Pluto Press

4/20/2023, paperback

SKU: 9780745348421


"All profound relationships have the quality of being a folie a deux; an intimate departure from reality, an imaginative creation of a world apart; perhaps this is a way of calling forth meaning - the merging of senseless subjectivities."

In 1950s suburban England, a friendship bloomed between Jeremy Seabrook and Michael O'Neill - both gay men coming of age during a time when homosexuality was still a crime. Their relationship was inflected by secrecy and fear; the shadows that had distorted their adolescent years were never wholly dispelled, long into their adult life.

Lyrical, candid and poignant, this is a tale of sexual identity, working-class history and family drama. A memoir of unparalleled authenticity, Private Worlds is an elegy for a doomed friendship.


"Part eulogy, part memoir, this is a wonderfully clear-eyed piece of writing. And for anyone who has ever dreamt of leaving a small-town childhood behind them, this is going to really wring your heart. It certainly did mine." -- Neil Bartlett, author of The Disappearance Boy and Address Book

About the Author:

Jeremy Seabrook has been writing books for over half a century. His articles have been featured in the Guardian, The Times and the Independent. A child of the industrial working class of Northampton, Britain, his writing helped him escape a repressive and puritanical society. He has written plays for stage, TV and the theatre, some in collaboration with his close friend, Michael O'Neill.