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  • The Milkman's On His Way

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The Milkman's On His Way

by David Rees.

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  • Paperback published on 21/06/2024
  • Page count: 176 pages
  • ISBN: 9781739744144
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Quick take

Published just before the AIDS pandemic took hold, TheMilkman’s on His Way was hated by the Daily Mail and later suppressedunder Section 28 due to public outcry about its “obscene,” sexually explicitcontents. 


“It was good to be Ewan, I said to myself, and good to behere doing this. I’m no longer a muddled kid: this is man’s estate."Ewan Macrae is gay. At the turn of the 1980s, being queer in a Cornish seaside town seems impossible.

The teenage world he lives in is obsessed with girls, jobs and surfing, yet the handsome Leslie - his ripped surfing buddy - preoccupies Ewan's thoughts. Unsure if his parents will ever accept his sexuality, Ewan knows that in his claustrophobic hometown he’ll never fully be himself. Perhapsin a bustling and far-away city like London there is a whole new world waiting…

Published by the ground breaking Gay Men’s Press in 1982, The Milkman’s on His Way was one of the first explicitly queer young adult novels to appear in the UK. For many gay teenagers of the early 1980s,it was a rare chance to read life-affirming stories that put their experience sat the centre. The book was celebrated on publication, but scandal andcontroversy followed later.

About the author

David Bartlett Rees (1936-1993) was born in Surbiton and educated at King's College School, Wimbledon, and Queen's College, University of Cambridge, where he was awarded a BA in 1958 and an MA in 1961.

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