I don’t understand why Now and Then isn’t better known. It’s got so much going for it: a big sexy love story, beautiful clear prose, a clever central narrative device and an exquisite understanding of ageing and regret. Oh – wait a minute, that’ll be because it’s about gay people, and therefore probably didn’t get taken seriously on publication and has been shoved into niches while dreary celeb authors get the prizes and the sales. Bitter, me? William Corlett was an incredibly accomplished writer across several fields – he wrote loads of excellent stuff for TV, and if you see his name in the credits (eg The Agatha Christie Hour) you know you’re in for a treat. Now and Then is something really special – the story of an unhappy middle-aged man, Christopher, rediscovering the memory of an adolescent love affair that scarred him for life. Anyone who’s suffered unrequited love will ‘get’ this book, and even though it’s very melancholy it’s so beautifully written that the reading experience is exhilarating. I’m eternally grateful to David Hoyle for bringing this book to my attention.