Glitterland by Alexis Hall


The universe is a glitterball I hold in the palm of my hand.

Once the golden boy of the English literary scene, now a clinically depressed writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on love, hope, happiness, and—most of all—himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people’s expectations.

Then a chance encounter at a stag party throws him into the arms of Essex boy Darian Taylor, an aspiring model who lives in a world of hair gel, fake tans, and fashion shows. By his own admission, Darian isn’t the crispest lettuce in the fridge, but he cooks a mean cottage pie and makes Ash laugh, reminding him of what it’s like to step beyond the boundaries of anxiety.

But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can’t see past the glitter to the light. Can a man who doesn’t trust himself ever trust in happiness? And how can a man who doesn’t believe in happiness ever fight for his own?


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Silvana's Review

I Read the reviews, still didn’t think I would love it so much!!

This book was clever and very well written, it manages to capture your attention from the first page! It was funny, had me laughing a lot, it was sad where some parts tore at my heart strings, it was also hopeful!

Reading Ash’s thoughts made me love him, I understood his plight, his fears and actions! Even what he did at the wedding I understood and felt for him. What I didn’t like is what he did not do afterwards, what I willed him to do and he didn’t!

DARIAN I HEART YOU SO! The guy may not be as educated as Ash and his friends but he seemed to have it figured out and spoke his mind, clearly knew what he wanted out of life.

“Maybe it ain’t abaht coping or not coping. Maybe it’s just abaht wanting to be wif someone.”
“You’re so fucking naïve.”

Darian was indeed naive but I loved his reasoning and you can’t deny the man’s logic, hated seeing him wounded as he was such a sweetheart but he handled it so well and forgave so easily.

Loved the banter in this book, whether between Ash and Darian or with their friends. When Ash was discussing how to make salad with Amy, I was laughing throughout the conversation.

“Ash,” she asked, “did you ring me because I’m the only person with a vagina you know?”
“Um . . .”
“Because, you know you don’t need a vagina to prepare a salad, right? In fact, I have it on good authority that there are salads prepared sans vaginas all the time.”
“Can you stop saying vagina over and over again? It’s scaring me.”
“It serves you right for being sexist. Vagina.”


As For Niall, would love to read more and for him to have his own book would be epic, I hated him with a passion then he grew on me.

To Mare,  for recommending another awesome book….

To Alexis Hall

5++++++++++++ STARS, this book did truly glitter and dazzle!


^^^^ Had to use this gif because it reminded me of Darian saying this to Ash  “You’re so pale, babes. Fink I must have some kind of fing for vampires or summin.” … God I love this book!


Silvana ❤

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