The Clouds Still Hang is a trilogy because it is written in three sequential parts, each long enough and able to stand alone; but it forms one long story.
“The Clouds Still Hang” is a trilogy telling the author’s life story told through his avatar, Simon; a tale of love and loyalty, betrothal and betrayal, triumph and tragedy; novels that chart one man’s attempts to rise above the legacy of a traumatic childhood.
The first book deals with Simon’s childhood friendship and eventual love affair with an older boy, the second the trauma of his teenage years and early adulthood, the third his struggle to maintain equilibrium and the catastrophic consequences of his failure at one point to achieve that.
It is a biography, written because it tells a strong story which raises many issues over six decades, the post war baby boomer generation who in many ways never had it so good. Although it’s the author’s life, names and places are obfuscated to protect the innocent – and the guilty.
His own experience is probably unique, yet will strike a chord with many others who have been through similar things, as well as those with an interest in such matters, either personal or professional, such as police and probation officers, criminologists with an interest in this field or those investigating the developing ‘queer theory’.
It’s a varied, exciting, demanding, sometimes terrifying life story.