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Books in brief: A Natural by Ross Raisin

This novel, a story about a footballer coming to terms with being gay, is gripping, well-written and moving

By Sameer Rahim   June 2017

A Natural by Ross Raisin (Jonathan Cape, £14.99)

After writing two excellent novels, the Yorkshire-born writer Ross Raisin struggled to get A Natural published. Apparently publishers weren’t keen on a story about a footballer coming to terms with being gay. Raisin was told that women readers didn’t like football, and male readers didn’t want to read about gay men. Thankfully, Raisin has found a home for this gripping, well-written and moving story, which should interest anyone curious about enclosed worlds and hidden lives.

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