“Two families. Two cultures. One love.”
That’s the driving force and the heart of “Love Both Ways,” the meaty and riveting new novel from Dr. Martin Luther Patrick, whose storied literary career spans decades. A novelist, playwright, and former university professor of film, drama, and cultural studies, he has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology.
Patrick (his parents are Jamaican) was born and grew up in London, England. Currently residing in the Borough of Hackney, he began his literary journey when he was 18. In 1985, he entered London’s Channel 4 Television script competition, placing second.
Three years later, The London Theatre Coop named Patrick “Best New Young Playwright.” As well, he’s has won other prestigious awards as a playwright.
In 2012, Strategic Books published Patrick’s debut novel, “JJ’s Isolation.” Subsequently, he established Great New Writers Ltd, his teaching and tutoring enterprise. Its mission is to support aspiring LGBT, Black, Asian and Hispanic writers.
Now, Austin Macauley Publishers LTD has just released the prolific Patrick’s brand new novel, “Love Both Ways.” This prestigious publishing house is headquartered in London and New York.
So, what’s “Love Both Ways” all about? First, the smart and clever title truly encapsulates the tome’s essence. It’s rather intriguing and affecting synopsis is as follows:
“At fifty, Michael thought his life was over. In his mid-thirties, David wanted his life to begin. After these fathers divorce, they meet at a support group and fall spiritually and passionately in love. Their romance forces them to fight for the love of their children and battle against bigots who refuse to understand their lives as Italian and Black British fathers who love both ways.”
Patrick has created an amazing literary work. What delights me to no end is that he’s a meticulous, insightful and soulful writer.
“Love Both Ways” is chock full of rich characterization. That idiom, “a fly on the wall,” describes just how the reader feels. And, Dr. Patrick is more than up to the task of keeping the reader engaged. Delightfully so.
“I think all writers should know their craft and write beyond life in their immediate area,” states Patrick. “America isn’t the center of the world. I’d like to read more of a world view or a universal perspective that reaches a greater readership.” This is invaluable advice for authors—both established and aspiring.
“Love Both Ways” is a celebration of masculine romance. It’s thought-provoking, and readily accessible. And, Martin Luther Patrick is a vibrant and compelling literary voice–destined to be heard throughout the world.
On Thursday, February 9th, I’ll have the distinct pleasure of having Martin as my
very special guest on Wyatt’s Man Cave, one of his first radio appearances as part of his “Love Both Ways” tour. Details are forthcoming.
To learn more about this talented novelist, click on the links to the Huffington Post Queer Voices articles I’ve written about him:
Why not find out how you can “Love Both Ways.”