His whole life has been a fantasy. Who is Tom Houghton?
As a boy growing up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Tom Houghton escapes the harshness of the schoolyard by cocooning himself in the cinema of the golden age of Hollywood.
When he discovers that his favourite actress, Katharine Hepburn, modelled herself on her brother, Thomas Houghton Hepburn, Tom sinks deeper into his fantasy life. Determined to reveal his true identity to the world, Tom is propelled on a torturous path with disastrous consequences.
Almost thirty years later, Tom is offered an acting role at a festival in Scotland. With the rigours of his past finally catching up with him, fantasy and reality struggle for control and Tom finds himself questioning everything he thought he knew about himself.
‘A wonderful, touching coming-of-age novel that is raw, confronting and tender at the same time.’ Better Reading ‘As tragic, confronting, hilarious and utterly true as the best of Matt Nable and Christos Tsiolkas.’ Books and Publishing ‘Written with enormous humanity and skill, and the characters spring off the page.’ Ann Turner, author of The Lost Swimmer
Todd Alexander has been writing for more than twenty years. His work has been published in magazines and periodicals, and his first novel, Pictures of Us, was published in 2006. Tom Houghton, his second novel, was published in 2015. He lives in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales with his partner, Jeff, where they run a boutique vineyard and accommodation business, Block Eight.
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