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Powerful and topical YA dystopian thriller re-imagining a country where homosexuality is illegal at a time when LGBTQ+ rights remain a fundamental issue
Gabriel is a natural born rule-breaker. And his biggest crime of all? Being gay. Gabriel knows his sexuality must be kept secret from all but his closest friends, not only to protect himself, but to protect his boyfriend. Because Eric isn't just the boy who has stolen Gabriel's heart. He's the son of the chief inspector at Degenerate Investigations - the man who poses the single biggest threat to Gabriel's life. And the Protectorate are experts at exposing secrets.
You know, when you live in a time of progress, it seems that progress is the only possible way. The idea that everything we'd gained, all of those hard-won rights, could be taken away from us, and that open minds could be closed again? But then the Outrage happened.
Welcome to England, where the Protectorate enforces the Public Good. Here, there are rules for everything - what to eat, what to wear, what to do, what to say, what to read, what to think, who to obey, who to hate, who to love. Your safety is assured, so long as you follow the rules.
Praise for Hideous Beauty;
This tender, poignant evocation of first love is warm and profoundly thought-provoking. The Guardian
A heart-breaking love story steeped in a thrillingly dark mystery for teens. Attitude
A page-turning thriller and an LGBTQ+ coming out story with a difference. The School Run
|Publication date:||13th May 2021|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 4|
|Topics:||Romance / Relationship Stories, Sexuality / Relationships, Thrillers|
William Hussey is an award-winning author of books for children and Young Adults. As a gay man and a visiting author, he has spoken to hundreds of LGBTQ+ students worldwide. Hearing their stories of modern intolerance, prejudice and the tragic consequences this has can lead to, inspired him to write Hideous Beauty.More About William Hussey