The Stephen Spear Series consists of two full length novels, Vanity Fierce and The Indignities. However, in the ebook format, The Indignities has been split into three separate and inexpensive ebooks.
Vanity Fierce ( print and ebook)
‘A deceptively engaging read; a thoroughly modern satire of urban ghetto lifestyles… peppered with characters both pungent and picaresque, it’s something of an antipodean Bildungsroman.‘ Gay Times (London)
‘Required reading… Aitken’s depictions are real to the point of recognition. Light, funny, and a great holiday read.‘ Time Out (London)
The Indignities ( print )
‘A must read.’ Sydney Star Observer
‘Aitken skilfully blends explicit sexual detail with fine observational humour… Aitken’s wit is wicked in every sense of that word, while his ability to address confronting issues in a deceptively sunny manner is admirable.’ Australian Book Review
‘The gay world has turned since Vanity Fierce, with the internet making its mark on social and sexual behaviour. Aitken has a keen sense of that, opening a window onto the lively confusions of gay culture. Stephen is an unlikeable, vain character, but there’s a good chance he’ll remind you of someone you know.’ The Age (Melbourne)
The Indignities series (3 ebooks)
‘A sort of gay Adrian Mole … There are laughs aplenty but also moments of agony … Told with bare-faced honesty, it is a warm, cruel, funny tale.‘ The Sunday Age (London)
‘Touching and sad, 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous also has some very funny moments.’ The Times (London)
‘If I knew fifty ways of saying fabulous, I’d use them all to praise this charming first novel.’ Edmund White
‘A gentle, poignant story of a fat boy who fantasises romance and glamour without yet having a name for what he is … Aitken writes with a distinctive voice, one that is wonderfully evocative.‘ Dennis Altman, The Age (Melbourne)
50 Ways of Saying Fabulous DVD
This film adaptation of Graeme Aitken’s novel was directed and written by Stewart Main. It stars Andrew Patterson, Harriet Beattie, Jay Collins and Michael Dorman.
New Zealand, 1975: 12 year-old Billy was never cut out to be a farmer or a rugby player. Instead, he dreams of being ‘Lana’, the heroine of his favourite TV show. When two strangers arrive in the district – Roy, the school freak, and Jamie the sexy young farm labourer – everything Billy knows is called into question, including his loyalty to his cousin and best friend, tomboy Lou.
It was strange at first for Mark, dating a guy with the same first name as him. But ‘the Marks’ developed nicknames for each other. Mark became ‘Top Mark’, a sly nod to his role in the bedroom.
But after seven years together, Mark hasn’t had much opportunity to be on top lately. There have been a lot of conversations avoided, unexplained absences, and some very unsettling phone calls.
From the author of the very popular Sydney based novels ‘Vanity Fierce’ and ‘The Indignities’, comes this new e-book short. In his trademark sexy style, Graeme Aitken explores the intricacies of a modern gay relationship with wit, insight and empathy.