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Set in the aftermath of World War I, and full of early twentieth-century taboos, love and betrayal, Marion Husband tackles of the difficulties faced in the post-war period by ex-soldiers.

‘Its evocation of quiet lives, intensely lived, is impressive’ The Guardian

‘As with all the best novelists, Husband’s talent seems to draw its energy from the experience of writing from perspectives far removed from her own as she inhabits other genders, other sexualities, other eras’ Patrick Gale

Lieutenant Paul Harris
returns to his father’s home and to the arms of his secret lover, Adam, after suffering from shell shock after his time at war. But when he discovers that Margot, the fiancée of his dead brother, is pregnant, he marries her due to an immense sense of loyalty. Forced to hide his true desires and his relationship with a fellow solider, Marion Husband sensitively explores the difficulties that he faces.

Through vivid flashbacks, effortless prose and realistic dialect, ‘the love that dare not speak its name’ is explored with true feeling and passion. Exploring the prejudice of only a few generations ago, The Boy I Love is a classic romance.

Just some of the amazing GOODREADS REVIEWS:

‘A beautiful, melancholy book which feels terribly true to it’s time and to the characters.’

‘A wonderful book. One of those that I just couldn’t put down.’

‘I absolutely loved this book. Found it utterly unputdownable.’


The Boy I Love is a beautifully written novel. The character's lives are seamlessly woven together and all have considerable depth and complexity. Husband shows great promise with this debut novel, which offers convincing historical and moral perspectives on both war and the country's troubled relationship with homosexuality.
The Gay Times