Men Cry Alone
Men Cry Alone
… a contemporary novel about domestic violence against men.
Interview about Men Cry Alone on American talk radio Butterfly Dreams Abuse Recovery (starts about 4 mins 40 secs into programme).
Alfred, Tom and Gordon are strangers, yet they share a terrible secret … they are being abused by their wives. Men Cry Alone follows three very different stories of three very different men who are being physically and emotionally abused by their wives. The book shines a light on to a subject that is still considered by many to be taboo.
How Men Cry Alone came about …
‘Early in 2011 I suddenly found myself with a great deal of spare time. I started to think about an idea I had in the late 1970s for a drama concerning domestic abuse where the victim was a man. I’ve no idea where this came from as it was an era when you simply didn’t read or hear anything about such matters.
‘Back to 2011 and I began drafting the outline of a novel, the main characters being three male and one female. I wanted to raise the profile of another taboo subject and examine a relationship where someone was being abused because their partner has dementia. Researching for the book was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life.
‘I hope that my writing generally entertains, perhaps makes readers laugh and, occasionally, cry. Although a work of fiction, this is my one book where people have said to me that reading it significantly changed their outlook on a subject, and gave many a greater understanding of events and experiences in their own lives. As I writer, I can hardly ask for more.’
Men Cry Alone (2012) was published by FeedARead Publishing and is available in paperback (£9.99) – ISBN: 978-1-78176-838-9 – from any high street bookshop, while the paperback/ebook can be ordered from Amazon .
Men Cry Alone – winner of the 2019 Scottish Association of Writers’ Barbara Hammond Trophy for a self-published book.