How many lives can you live in a single lifetime? Most of us barely manage one. But David James isn?t like most of us. Born in a small English town in Lancashire in the early ?60s, David is a wanderer at heart. Narrated in his own words, 45 Years, 45 Lives is the'story of his explorations of his soul as much as of the world around him. Ride pillion with David as his story moves at breakneck speed around the world from Europe to America to Africa, from his teenage to older soul, through his love to heartbreak, friendships to failures. At the book?s opening, we dive headlong into Davids` life to witness him being abandoned by his father?the event that will alter his life forever. When David meets Brian, everything he has known about himself changes. He depicts with tremendous honesty his issues with his identity and confusion about his sexuality. An impulsive move to San Francisco, the gay capital of the world, brings the'sense of freedom David has craved for his whole life. But with the'sudden start of the AIDS epidemic, he finds himself at the eye of a storm that he, along with the rest of the world, struggles to understand. Davids` life is a series of crossroads, and a series of reinventions. First a teenage David Bowie wannabe, then a waiter, a butler, a physiotherapist, Tv presenter ,property developer, and now a writer at the age of 45, David traverses many roles and many lives. Yet, this isn?t just a story about David. This is also the'story of his mother, a constant pillar of support throughout his turbulent journey. This is the'story of Brian and his capacity for infinite love. This is the'story of Ahmed, the illegal Algerian I'migrant who brings hope into Davids` dark life. And this is the'story of Colin, the over-the-top gay rights activist whose personal struggles become the inspiration behind this book. Part travelogue, part personal diary, with shades of sexuality, romance, and spirituality, Davids` story will resound with anyone who has ever asked the question, ?Who am I?? and striven to find the answer.
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November 01, 2009
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