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Lesbian Crushes at School: A Diary on Growing Up Gay in the Eighties (1983-1989)

In 1983 thirteen-year-old Natasha is in love with her French teacher, Miss Williams. When Natasha is cruelly banished from Miss Williams's class forever, the love develops into obsession ... stalking ... unhealthy behaviour ... and painfully misguided cries for attention.

This uncomfortable yet light-hearted memoir in diary form is primarily a record of obsession.

Natasha is a love-sick lesbian teenager in an all-girls school in the eighties, juggling her Latin homework, Bible study, a crush on Elaine Paige, and her suppressed sexuality. How can she make sense of it all?

But more importantly ... tormented by unrequited love ... how can Natasha make Miss Williams love her back?

Lesbian Crushes and Bulimia: A Diary on How I Acquired my Eating Disorder (1989-1990)

In 1989 nineteen-year-old Natasha is obsessively in love with her former teacher, Miss Williams. The tattoo she flashes around says so. Natasha meets Alex, a girl her own age, who questions her about the tattoo. An awkward romance is born.

In this real-life teenage diary Natasha records her panic at a looming LESBIAN relationship. To lose some excess fat, she starves herself of food ... whilst working in a chip shop. And just to make sure she's gay, Natasha drags five boys into bed in the space of a week, a sin for which the sexuality police threaten to kick her out of the university Lesbian and Gay Society.

In this coming out story and love story, Natasha struggles with clumsy attempts at heterosexuality, the sickening effects of weight loss techniques, disapproving shaven-headed lesbians, and sexual harassment in the chip shop.

Lesbian Crushes in France: A Diary on Screwing Up my Year Abroad (1990-1991)

In 1990 twenty-year-old Natasha finds herself in France on her university year abroad. She is ANGRY. Everyone should be a lesbian, or she will punish them for their oversight (particularly her bemused fellow English assistant friend, Ange).

The frites and the patisseries are not helping Natasha recover from her bulimia. And the door-to-door Mormon missionaries are bedevilling her reluctant search for God.

Natasha does not respond well to the frosty demands of the headmaster of the school where she is teaching.

She passes her time befriending a pair of thieving drop-outs on the run from the law, skinning up grilled banana skins, dodging flashers, and hitch-hiking around Europe.
 

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Natasha Holme said:
Thanks so much, Jan :) I completely overhauled the look a few months ago in preparation for my diary SERIES. Designed them myself. Took an AGE.
Wow. Do you have a graphics background?
Have you noticed a change in sales with the new covers?
 

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Jan Hurst-Nicholson said:
Wow. Do you have a graphics background?
I don't know!
Got a grade A in my Art O Level at school.
Have read several books on the rules of graphic design.
Love typography.
Am a web developer. I create the visuals for my websites as well as build them.

Jan Hurst-Nicholson said:
Have you noticed a change in sales with the new covers?
No ...
 

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Jan Hurst-Nicholson said:
I completely revised both book description and book cover, yet sales remained the same (a humble fifteen or so per month for my bulimia diary). Do your sales change vastly when you do this? I'd been led to believe mine would.
 

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I completely revised both book description and book cover, yet sales remained the same (a humble fifteen or so per month for my bulimia diary). Do your sales change vastly when you do this? I'd been led to believe mine would.
But Can You Drink The Water? was a bestseller back in 2011 but then fell off the graph. I revised it a bit by adding (droll, witty and utterly British) as part of the title (it does appear on the cover). Also kept it going by writing a new blurb as per a post saying what Bookbub thinks gets the most clicks, such as the word 'hilarious', Had a nice bump after a countdown, but that has slowed. My new cover has only been up a few days so don't know how that will do. It will need some exposure first.

15 books a month is not bad seeing you are writing for a much smaller readership. I only get 1-4 sales a day from 10 books, but the children's books sell hardly any. I think I will have better luck with print books for children and this is proving so with The Race.

I'm marketing Headmaster as 'an offbeat romance with an unexpected outcome' to see how that will go. ::)
 

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Jan Hurst-Nicholson said:
;D ;D ;D hope there are more to follow!
Torture yesterday, Jan. Goodreads told me I'd got a second review and rating, but they hadn't updated their database, so I couldn't SEE. ...

When I went back hours later, Goodreads told me I had zero reviews and ratings. Don't they know what this does to us??
:)

However, this morning, they made amends by reinstating my second review and rating. Another FIVE star. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1021394446
 

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Just published my third book ...

Lesbian Crushes in France: A Diary on Screwing Up my Year Abroad (1990-1991)

In 1990 twenty-year-old Natasha finds herself in France on her university year abroad. She is ANGRY. Everyone should be a lesbian, or she will punish them for their oversight (particularly her bemused fellow English assistant friend, Ange).

The frites and the patisseries are not helping Natasha recover from her bulimia. And the door-to-door Mormon missionaries are bedevilling her reluctant search for God.

Natasha does not respond well to the frosty demands of the headmaster of the school where she is teaching.

She passes her time befriending a pair of thieving drop-outs on the run from the law, skinning up grilled banana skins, dodging flashers, and hitch-hiking around Europe.

Amazon UK | Amazon US
 
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