It is the blazing summer of 1976 in Cardiff. James, a research assistant in the English department, thinks that kissing a man was a drunken mistake. But his gay friend David always seems to be around - and never off his mind. Then there’s feminist Lucy, who can’t see her psychiatrist boyfriend is pulling the wool over her eyes, and her father, Professor Howard, a chauvinist die-hard who doesn’t understand why his wife has become a lesbian and left him for another woman. Unfortunately he is also James’s boss. In this social comedy AM Lester explores the conflicts, contradictions and absurdities of a changing world. But NEVER DID RUN SMOOTH is also a coming-of-age novel about the relationship between James and his mother, who has to loosen her grip on him and live her own life. Will James be able to stand up to her in the end? The trials and tribulations James experiences on his journey to find out who he really is will make you laugh out loud.
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