Actor Josh Haddon and tennis player Jeff Brazer have three things in common - they are famous, rich and desire the same girl, a lawyer called Suzie. Through Josh's eyes we witness the 'before, during and after' of a classic love triangle, but one played out in the glare of the media spotlight.
In CAPTIVITY, Lander Hawes strips bare a romantic entanglement from the point of view of that modern phenomenon: "celebrity." This is the novel as forensic examination, a story that asks fundamental questions about the behaviour and attitudes of the rich and famous, and by reflection about our not-so-famous selves.
About the Author
CAPTIVITY is Lander Hawes' first published novel. He has previously read short stories at Foyles, the UEA late shift, the National Short Story festival and on BBC Radio Norfolk. His stories have appeared in the 2007 Workshop UEA anthology, the Scarecrow e-zine and in UNTHOLOGY No. 2. He's been writing to various degrees of intensity for the last ten years, and is hoping to complete a short story collection by the end of 2012.
'With crisp, powerful prose and deft emotional plotting Lander Hawes brilliantly captures that most illusive of species - actors not at work. Josh, the narrator, is a masterful creation, while the world he inhabits is thick with betrayal. At the heart of this very impressive debut novel is the relentless pursuit of not just identity, but a sense of belonging.' --HENRY SUTTON, author of Get Me Out of Here