Broken Play


Broken Play

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Alec Haudepin has spent the winters of his youth on the rugby field, and now, at twenty-three, his dream of playing for the All Blacks is almost within reach. But his rise to prominence belies quiet sadness about the part of his identity he has always struggled to acknowledge. As he strives to remain in contention for the famous black jersey, an appealing young stranger, with secrets of his own, moves into the same apartment building. This sets in motion a drama in which Alec’s yearning to explore his hidden orientation vies with his need to be accepted in a part of society that is yet to contend with what he represents. Exploring social change with beguiling subtlety, Broken Play is a richly observed and emotionally charged literary work of identity and longing, violence and redemption, and a timely evocation of a reluctant pioneer. `Broken Play captures magnificently the internal conflict and tumult experienced by so many young gay sportsmen struggling to find their true identity. Their sporting world and their attraction to men appears incomprehensible and irreconcilable. We welcome novels like Broken Play as it highlights, albeit fictionally, that homosexuality is no barrier to rugby skill, prowess, and success. Despite the tremendous LGBT social advances made in the last 20 years, sport lags behind. Many sports have much work to do to truly be inclusive at all levels. Unfortunately, there are remarkably few out gay competing professional footballers.’ Andrew Purchas, Chairman of International Gay Rugby

Title: Broken Play
Author: Sheppard, Nicholas
ISBN: 9780994140814
Publication date: 12/07/2018
Price: $35.00
Publisher: Eunoia Publishing Limited
Format: Paperback