Private Worlds : Growing Up Gay in Post-War Britain


by Seabrook, Jeremy
British Isles

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by Seabrook, Jeremy | British Isles
Published 20/04/2023 by Pluto Press in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 224 pages, 6 Halftones, black and white

‘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.