“Oscar Down Under is a semi-autobiographical sex-plosion of Antipodean passion.” – DNA Magazine, Australia
A Finalist in the 2017 Rainbow Awards for Best Gay Book and Best Debut Fiction, Oscar Down Under: Part One, is a contemporary erotic tale of self-discovery teaching us how miserable life can be when we are selfish and self-centred, and how fulfilling it becomes when we open our hearts and minds.
Once a jaded user of people and substances, Oscar is now a handsome and successful thirty-something in love. But before he can commit to his new man, he’s forced to reflect on his troubled past, and figure out if he’s truly changed from the manipulative, damaged boy he once was.
This is where we meet Oscar, fourteen years earlier at twenty-one, with a bad reputation and worse proclivity for lying to others and himself. One hungover Saturday morning trawling through Grindr he meets David, a tall, handsome Aussie living in London who, with the right coercion, offers him far more than the free meal he’d hoped for.
But, he soon finds out that travelling to the other side of the planet, to sunny, scorching Sydney, isn’t enough to escape his demons. And, by telling his greatest lie to date, he learns the toughest but most valuable lesson of his life.
Set across London, Edinburgh and Sydney, ODU#1, is a lush, sensory experience exploring the intrinsic need we all feel to grow and learn, and how no matter what we’ve done or has happened to us, it’s never too late to change.
Based on true events.
“This book was amazing! I felt like I was there with the characters. I can’t wait for book 2.” – Honorable Mention, 2017 Rainbow Awards
“I really enjoyed following Oscar on his new journey, he really showed growth and maturity throughout the story and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for him. This was an enjoyable read and definitely recommendable!” – Tracy, Bayou Book Junkie, Goodreads Review
“This was a wonderful read.” – Finalist comments, 2017 Rainbow Awards.
Or meet Oscar when it all began:
Written over 1.5 years, chapter by chapter every fortnight and published online, Oscar is the first, highly charged prequel to Ladd’s acclaimed series and finalist in the 2017 Rainbow Awards, Oscar Down Under.
Set in a not-so-distant past, in the final year of an all-boys high school in a small English town, this dark, contemporary erotic tale introduces Oscar, an eighteen-year-old publicly outed, shunned by his peers, abandoned by his mother and psychologically abused by his father.
However, as the cruel weeks pass, Oscar soon discovers that there are plenty of perks to being the only openly gay guy in school, even if he’d had no choice in the matter. Especially when Adam Stanmore, rugby captain and king of the playground, pops up on his MSN messenger.
As Oscar sets about a plan for revenge, refusing to let his tormentors get the better of him, the walls he builds not only protect him: they isolate him. Further and further he cuts himself off from the world in a bid to stay strong, but at what cost?
Based on true events, Oscar is an extremely graphic articulation of a generation growing up in a sexualised society. But with such a need and yearning for physical intimacy to allow him to feel anything at all, does he have any hope in love? And will he ever truly understand what it is?
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