Author(s): CLOSE Alan
Was this anything akin to love, this melodrama we seemed to bring out in each other? Was she really the one? I was trying my best to make her the one, or at least the one with whom I would stay. But one way or another, sooner or later, I knew I'd leave, she'd leave, we'd break up. I knew this. When hadn't we u when hadn't I? Every time.o At the age of forty-four, with the wreckage of a dozen broken relationships smoking behind him, Alan Close was single again. Again! This time, he decided to stop and take stock u and make a change. With unflinching honesty, Close explored his relationships, affairs, family history and struggle with a secret eating disorder in a desire for intimacy and peace with the past. No man has ever written about relationships in this way. Humorous, lyrical and disarmingly candid, this memoir from novelist and former Good Weekend columnist Alan Close takes us inside what is to be a man today. Beautifully written and utterly compelling, it reveals much about men's emotions and their attitudes towards relationships. It will hold a mirror to male readers and provide a rare insight for women.
Alan Close is the author of THE ROMANCE OF THE SEASON (a discontinuous novel, McPhee Gribble 1989) and THE AUSTRALIAN LOVE LETTERS OF RAYMOND CHANDLER (McPhee Gribble 1995), a recreation of the correspondence between the famous crime writer and a young student from Orange NSW in the 1950s. He edited the anthology MEN LOVE SEX (Vintage 1995), a collection of stories by men about love and relationships and his stories, poems and essays have been widely published in Australia and overseas.