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The Trapeze Artist

(2012)
A novel by

 
A man will endlessly torture his muscles until they shriek and complain. But he will not give in. He will take a hammer to his ceiling until the neighbours begin to watch from the window and the journalists knock at the door. He will continue to train and hack away at the house until it is finished and the trapeze is in place. Although his parents thought he was nice and kind-hearted and teachers saw him as a good boy, secretly he hated his drab, ordered world and longed for more. Then, when he was fourteen, Edward arrived at his school. Edward exuded the coolness of a latter-day Oscar Wilde. Edward listened to Patti Smith, watched Fassbinder films and knew the writings of Gore Vidal, and one evening, would kiss him in the moonlight. Forty years old and fleeing from a life he can no longer handle, he stumbles upon the circus. Not knowing why, only that he must, he gets in his car and follows after it, refusing to listen to the doubts that plague him, determined to build a new home and family. The Trapeze Artist draws together the past, present and future of one life to create a work of startling dexterity and vision - a haunting and heartbreaking account of a child, a boy, a man, desperate to free himself from the suffocating weight of his desires, his family and his grief. It speaks of what it is to grow up gay in a straight world, to be unable to communicate with those you love, of the sweat, passions and tempers of circus life, and above all, the joyous longing to break free, and to swing higher and higher...

 
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Paperback Editions

May 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: The Trapeze Artist
Author(s): Will Davis
ISBN: 1-4088-3162-7 / 978-1-4088-3162-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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December 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Trapeze Artist
Author(s): Will Davis
ISBN: 1-62040-003-0 / 978-1-62040-003-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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May 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: The Trapeze Artist
Author(s): Will Davis
ISBN: 1-4088-2304-7 / 978-1-4088-2304-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
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Audio Editions

March 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Trapeze Artist
Author(s): Will Davis
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
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March 2013 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Trapeze Artist
Author(s): Will Davis
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Trapeze Artist
Author(s): Will Davis
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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May 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Trapeze Artist
Author(s): Will Davis
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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