First and Fiftieth

"Sometimes you sit, watch the trains, the sunset, the rain.
Sometimes you talk. Tell your story if you've a mind to.
Trouble is, memory changes things. 
Things you want to forget. 
Things you want to remember that never happened. 
Happens to everybody. Gets so, nobody's story's true. 
Not yours, not mine. But it's all we got." 

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Martin Foreman's latest collection of short stories comprises first person narratives spanning the globe from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles, Africa to Nepal, London to Siberia. Men and women from teenagers to grandparents each speak in a distinctive voice and with intense emotion as love and sex, violence and humour, anger and pathos meet in this kaleidoscope of human comedy and tragedy. 

"The youthful yet already impressive Paradise Press goes from strength to strength with their publication of Martin Foreman's collection of first persona narratives . . . each contains a strong, distinctive and powerful voice, leading the collection as a whole to never be anything less than diverting." - Gay Times, April 2003 

"engaging, told with style" - Gay Scotland 

"Mr Foreman's style has evidently had a lot of attention lavished on it, not to mention careful study of the human race in its multiplicity of forms"  - Tregolwyn Book Reviews 

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978 0 9525964 7 9
152 pages

Martin Foreman was born in Dundee, brought up in Edinburgh and has lived, worked and travelled in many countries. The author of two novels, two collections of short stories and several one-actor plays, he has also written many publications on HIV/AIDS in the developing world. Martin's writing appears on several websites, including First and Fiftieth website (the site devoted to this book), A View from the Edge (his personal website) and God would be an atheist. He is also the owner of Arbery Books, the UK's premier online store specialising in old and rare gay, lesbian and transgender books. 

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