Peter is a 15 year old dirt bike rider & would-be photographer who has the usual teen hang-ups about sex & ‘fitting in’. Then he spends a brief, unplanned afternoon with his brother’s friend, David. David is 20, tall, good-looking & immaculately dressed – everything Peter is not. And it turns out David is gay. A very personal & honest look at a boy’s awakening sexuality.
‘Peter’ was first published in 1991 & at that time there were very few books about gay issues for teenagers. In fact I had a lot of trouble getting it published. The first five publishers I approached said flatly, ‘No thanks!’ Another two read it and said, ‘We don’t want to take the risk.’ But one brave publisher – Omnibus Books – said yes, and I’m forever in their debt.
‘Peter’ was considered pretty confronting in those days. Compared to today’s Gay Lit books, ‘Peter’ is more than a little tame, and some readers find the end disappointing. But had I wanted to take my characters further, the book would never have been published. It was a compromise I had to accept. In fact, the book was never published in the UK because at the time it contravened a law making it a criminal offence to promote a gay lifestyle.
This book was part of the struggle to win basic human rights for all people to live the life of their choosing.
You’ll find reviews of ‘Peter’ at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/65773
‘Peter’ – Book Awards:
Honour Book (Runner up) Australian Children’s Book of the Year, Older Readers – 1992
Shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Literary Award – 1991
“ South Australian Literary Award – 1991
“ Talking Book of the Year Award – 1992
Highly Commended (Runner up) Australian Human Rights Awards – 1991
Selected for American Library Association’s Lists:
………………….Notable Books of the Year - 1994
Best Books for Young Adults - 1994
Best Books for Reluctant YA Readers - 1994
'Peter' is available at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/11