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The Arena of the Unwell

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In the indie music scene, this mental health theme interlinks with that of drug and alcohol abuse, which is a key part of how Noah sometimes deals with his problems. In my opinion, the work is separate to the book as a product, so the way it’s categorised doesn’t really change how I feel about what I wrote. I also feel like for a character study, I don't feel like the characters developed much from page one to page 300. Pulled into a toxic and co-dependent relationship with Dylan and his brooding, enigmatic friend Fraser, Noah bounces distractedly between sweaty gigs and clubs, swapping beds and friends along the way.

The million copy bestseller, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and. The book is told from Noah’s first person perspective, with the previously mentioned press snippets about Smiling Politely intercut (I very much enjoyed that these were often cut off like real news sites if you weren’t a paying member). That being said, I wrote The Arena of the Unwell with queerness in mind, so I’m glad it’s finding that audience.LK: I’m glad it’s inviting to people who aren’t familiar with the setting, although I’m not sure that’s anything I’ve done deliberately. Not just those of the main trio, but also those of Noah’s best friends, and even his boss were all in need of expansion. So when two slightly older men show interest in Noah he becomes intimately involved and entangled in their lives.

by Eric Raglin – Such a fresh way of viewing both body horror and the whole world of fitness, with a really diverse set of sports, characters, and takes on the brief. Needed more fleshing out, there was brilliant build up in the first half, even up until the last third or so of the book. We see how difficult it is for Noah to rid himself of the deep-seated and poisonous belief that he doesn’t matter, that he is worthless, a non-entity.

As Smiling Politely prepare to release their first album in five years, Noah finds himself pulled deeper into the toxic relationship between Dylan and his brooding, enigmatic friend Fraser.

By sharing the technology that has grown World of Books Group into the business it is today, we're helping charities increase revenue and reduce waste through re-commerce. A really notable element of the book is the depiction of queerness in the indie scene, whether that’s Noah trying to navigate the fact all the bands are singing about women they think wronged them, his repeated belief that he can’t fit into any gay world because he doesn’t fit in, or the hints of how the music scene shown has more space for guys who are apparently straight but maybe down for something with a guy than actual queer people. An aspect of the story which I felt most uncomfortable with was the way it handled Noah's struggle with self harm.Soon, Noah’s embroiled in the toxic, codependent relationship between Dylan and his enigmatic flatmate, Fraser. unfortunately, however, this novel seems to fall a little flat as a result - more of a character study but when the character just cycles through themselves.

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