THE DIARY OF ANDY ANGUS: THE LOST YEAR by Joe Brewer-Lennon
133 x 203mm, 536 pages, black and white printing throughout, soft cover, perfect bound, 2019
Andy Angus has been living a quiet life in the country as a Domestic God to his partner Thomas for the past decade. They’re happy, settled, insular and pretty much friendless. 2010 is fast approaching, and Andy plans to propose to Thomas on their anniversary in front of his family. But his plans are scuppered when his aunt collapses and becomes seriously ill in the same week he discovers Thomas dogging.With no real friend to turn to, Andy finds himself single, lost and half the man he once was. During an uncomfortable time back in his teenage bed, he receives an invite to a long-lost friend’s wedding. Andy believes moving back to Edinburgh to be with his old pal (the groom-to-be) Ryan is the perfect reboot to erase the wasted years and start over. But life has changed since he left for love in the country: the age of consent for homosexual men has dropped, sex apps are free and easy, social media is on the rise, and Andy is now thirty-five years old, but no wiser. Even gentle Ryan has become acerbic and is marrying a man Andy detests.Using his diary to document and reflect on his journey, Andy records a year of sexual experimentation and misadventure, unexpected friendships, loneliness and longing, and the depths he hits to have someone, nay anyone, to fill that void next to him in bed … even for just a few hours of the night.