David Llewellyn – Time Out London, June 7th 2007
Question: when is a collection of short stories not a collection of short stories? Answer: when it’s a novel. And when is a novel not a novel? When it’s a collection of short stories.
Nick Alexander’s 13:55 Eastern Standard Time is one of those books. It belongs to a genre in both literature and film for which, as far as I know, there is no name. It follows in the footsteps of Shortcuts, Magnolia and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s morbidly titled Death Trilogy, in that it weaves together a tapestry of multiple narratives and characters through chance meetings and meaningful confidences. Continue reading
Here’s a summary of press reviews for Good Thing, Bad Thing.
Time Out Magazine Nov 2006 – Paul Burston
“Alexander is a keen observer of gay relationships, and it’s the fall-out from these which proves the most gripping, as Tom suffers post-traumatic stress disorder and Mark is forced to question the depth of his love for him. Bad things happen in this book, but out of them something good emerges. Ultimately, it’s a tale about forgiveness, and a rewarding one at that.” Continue reading
Wayne Clews Attitude Magazine – October 2005
You may not have been fortunate enough to have read Nick Alexander’s first novel,‘50 Reasons to Say Goodbye’, but no matter, the sequel, ‘Sottopassaggio’, stands on its own as a novel and can beread independently.We pick up the story of Mark who winds up in Brighton, recovering from ahorrific car crash. Fragile and lonely, Mark attempts to put the past behind him and build anew life for himself. The novel follows his first tentative steps back into the gay scene, developing a crush on unavailable men and renewing an old friendship with Jenny only to discover she has disturbing problems of her own. Ultimately, ‘Sottopassaggio’ is a tale of redemption and resilience; a tender, moving and deeply satisfying read. Continue reading
Paul Burston -Time Out (London) – Sept 28th 2004
Mark is a single gay man who’s desperately looking for love. Unfortunately, he hasn’t yet mastered the gay art of cruising for sex while concealing your true feelings. Faced with a potential lover, he lets his desperation show through and his imagination run away with him. He falls in love with Dirk, who just wants to be friends, and with Hugo, who hangs around for a while before deciding that this isn’t the relationship for him. He has devastating crushes on Frenchmen and Italians. Continue reading