Book: Gabriella by Alan Hardycategories: Book, Romance, Erotica, Humor, Satire, Sport, Surreal, Comedy, Bawdy, Sexy, Cricket, Teenage Love and Sex
Alan Hardyabout this book: GABRIELLA doesn't fit easily into any set genres or types, it's intensely original and not imitative at all. It's a comedy and it's bawdy. It's a satire and it's sexy. It's a story of teenage love and sex set around a cricket match. The battle with bat and ball between Gabriella and Jim becomes not just a battle of sex and the sexes but a metaphor for the sexual act itself. It's a modern-day 'Roman de la Rose'.
I think it's a story that's been buzzing around in my head for years, and it demanded to be written down. Adolescent love (and teenage fascination with sex) is a pretty significant time and experience for us all. The idea of a love-story set around a cricket match has its roots in an earlier pimply-faced version of me as a fast bowler when at school and the scary, obsessive ideas that went through my adolescent head. When I sat down to write the story, it automatically turned into a bawdy, comical narration of a young man's faltering (though very sweaty) first experience of love and sex.
I think I want to reach as wide an audience as possible with the story. A story of elemental love and sexual desire is something readers of all ages can identify with, young as well as old. And there's no reason cricket-lovers shouldn't be able to take to 'Gabriella'. After all, wicked, probing deliveries, rubbing the ball to give a bit of spin, doggedly defending your wicket, keeping out rising balls, trying to knock over the wicket, or squeeze one through, etc., are all excellent metaphors for the game of love.
At the same time it's a biting comic satire on the rigid UK class-system. It's typically British in its use of dry, laconic humor, and it's typically non-british in its open and frank mention of all unmentionables.
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