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Becoming Ted: The joyful and uplifting novel from the author of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

Matt Cain

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Of specific Gay interest, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance, Coping with personal problems, Family & relationships

The joyful, life-affirming and intriguing new novel from the author of 'the best uplifting novel of 2021' The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

'Full of warmth, humour and courage and I absolutely loved it!' RUTH HOGAN

A charming, joyful and surprising story about love, friendship and learning to be true to yourself, Becoming Ted will steal your heart.

Ted Ainsworth has always worked at his family's ice-cream business in the quiet Lancashire town of St Luke's-on-Sea.

But the truth is, he's never wanted to work for the family firm - he doesn't even like ice-cream, though he's never told his parents that.

When Ted's husband suddenly leaves him, the bottom falls out of his world. However, what if from is heartbreak could come an opportunity for Ted to build something new? And to finally put what he wants first.

Because Ted has always had another dream. A secret dream. Since childhood he has always wanted to be a Drag Queen.

As he starts on his path of self-discovery, he will soon be faced with a choice. Will he take on the responsibilities that others have laid out for him, or will he choose to pursue his lifelong dream?

Readers love Matt Cain:

'One of the best uplifting books of the year' Independent

'Wonderful . . . an utter treat' Kate Mosse

'A great big hug of a book' Michael Ball

'A heart-warming, joyous love story' Adele Parks

'I cannot recommend this book highly enough' Lorraine Kelly

'This novel is just a bucket of joy' Glamour

'So uplifting, original and funny' Daily Mail

'Utterly joyful, you will smile your way through this' Sun

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Praise for Becoming Ted: The joyful and uplifting novel from the author of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

  • Becoming Ted is the story of an ordinary man's journey to fulfil his extraordinary dream. It's full of warmth, humour and courage and I absolutely loved it! Loud, proud and ruddy marvellous!

  • A joyful read; tender, full of courage and irresistibly good-hearted. Lovers of Albert Entwistle have a real treat in store; as do those who haven't met him yet

  • With beautifully crafted characters, and a thoughtful, layered plot that explores love, friendship, identity and discovering the things you have to leave behind in order to move on, Becoming Ted reminds us that every dream is worth following

  • The most joyful, heart-warming, and beautiful book ever. From heartbreak to following a dream, everyone will relate to Ted. I know it's a good book when I put down my wine to keep reading!

  • Matt Cain writes with energy and compassion about friendship, love and acceptance. This is a life-affirming story about one man's journey to be true to himself

  • Full of the warm, beautifully drawn characters I've come to expect from Matt's writing . . . so moving and so much fun. This is a book that's going to mean so much to so many people

  • PRAISE FOR THE SECRET LIFE OF ALBERT ENTWISTLE: 'One of the best uplifting books of the year and the best 'never-too-late' story of 2021' - Independent

  • 'Wonderful . . . An utter treat' - KATE MOSSE

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Matt Cain

Matt Cain is an author, a leading commentator on LGBT+ issues, and a former journalist. He is currently a presenter for Virgin Radio Pride UK, was Channel 4's first Culture Editor, Editor-In-Chief of Attitude magazine, and has judged the Costa Prize, the Polari Prize and the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. He won Diversity in Media's Journalist Of the Year award in 2017 and is an ambassador for Manchester Pride and the Albert Kennedy Trust, plus a patron of LGBT+ History Month. Born in Bury and brought up in Bolton, he now lives in London.

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