Two highly sexed gay men, old and intimate friends, write to each other over the course of a year. One is a musical director of the British National Opera, neurotic and liberal; the other is a Shakespeare scholar of aristocratic descent, staunchly conservative and currently teaching in San Diego. In between their tales of sexual shenanigans, they exchange chapters from an unpublished novel whose romantic idealism contrasts with the cynical camp egotism of their letters. A witty and ironic picture of British gay life set against the backdrop of the Thatcher years.
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