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One of the landmark novels of our time, The Hand-Reared Boy was the first British novel to explore, frankly and with unabashed honesty, the sexual awakening of a young boy. Horatio Stubbs grows from childhood to adolescence and his preoccupations (and those of all young men) are described with wit and perception as he reaches puberty. The Hand-Reared Boy was rejected by thirteen publishers before being published in 1970. Readers were more accustomed to Brian Aldiss as a writer of award-winning science fiction. It has now been recognised for what it is an original, delightfully funny description of the young Horatio Stubbs s burgeoning sexuality, the emotions of adolescence had never been treated so explicitly. The Hand-Reared Boy no longer provokes a sense of shock but it has become the classic study of a boy s self-discovery and realisation that other people are more than sexual objects.

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Brian W. Aldiss

Brian Wilson Aldiss was one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today. He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition. Adored for his innovative literary techniques, evocative plots and irresistible characters, he became a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 1999.

Brian Aldiss died on August 19, 2017, just after celebrating his 92nd birthday with his family and closest friends.

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