Neon Roses

Neon Roses

Hardback Published on: 25/05/2023
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Neon Roses
Love and Politics
If you've seen the film "Pride" you will see instant similarities. A group, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, comes down from London, to Eluned's Sou... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy


Eluned Hughes is stuck. It's 1984 in a valley in south Wales: the miners' strike is ravaging her community; her sister's swanned off with a Thatcherite policeman; and her boyfriend Lloyd keeps bringing up marriage. And if they play '99 Red Balloons' on the radio one more time, she might just lose her mind. Then the fundraising group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners comes down from London, and she meets June, a snaggle-toothed blonde in a too-big leather jacket. Suddenly, Eluned isn't stuck any more - she's in freefall. June's an artist and an activist. With June, Eluned can imagine a completely different life for herself. But as her family struggles with the strike, and her relationship with her sister deteriorates, should she really leave it all behind? From the Valleys to the nightclubs of Cardiff, London and Manchester, Neon Roses is a heartwarming, funny and a little bit filthy queer coming-of-age story with a cracking '80s soundtrack.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781399801928
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 500g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 32 mm

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Neon Roses
Queer joy - I raced through it
I guzzled my way through Neon Roses in just over one sitting. Although it took me a while initially to warm up to the story, as I kept noticing similaritie... READ MORE
Jessica Jones
Neon Roses
Highly recommende
I loved this story as it brought me back in time, to a specific moment when I was having a lot of fun, listen to great music, and living the moment. It's a... READ MORE
Neon Roses
a glorious Welsh coming out
Okay but I LOVED this book. Think Pride but from the Welsh point of view, following a girl who quickly realises she’s queer. It’s passionate and rife with ... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
Neon Roses
Exciting new talent
You don't have to be either a lesbian or Welsh to enjoy this book. Rachel Dawson's effortless storytelling transported me back to the 80's and the miners' ... READ MORE
Jan Williams
Neon Roses
Rachel Dawson's novel is an absorbing and eventually uplifting story of some very hard times. It's a book that acknowledges dark things, but refuses to des... READ MORE
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