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“Hardiman has taken this dark and potentially bleak backdrop and created a book that’s warm, sometimes funny and ultimately very engaging.” – Spike Magazine
It’s hard being someone’s Mister Right when for a hundred pounds an hour, you’re anyone’s Mister Right Now!
Young ex-art student Eddie has abandoned his course, his family, his lover and his friends to follow a male escort into a world of sex, drugs and unrequited love. Now that he is beginning a tentative romance with an old friend, he will have to face the challenge of being honest about what he’s doing in the weird hours he works; and the lengths he’s willing to go to try to please everyone around him.
This is an intelligent and surprisingly romantic coming-of-age story that deals with gay culture, sex workers, art and just trying to make love work. Developed from original interviews with sex workers, Howard Hardiman gives a genuine voice to the anxieties and concerns of those in the trade.
“Though Hardiman’s graphic novel examines a specific underground culture (gay male escorts in London), the questions it asks and the feelings it explores are universal … Readers might not be prostitutes, but most can relate to the stress of living a duplicitous life engendered by a job like this, cheating, addiction or other secrets.” – LAMBDA Literary
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"The Lengths is an important work. It covers topics largely passed over even in prose literature, let alone the diversity-challenged world of comics. In giving a voice to the voiceless, Hardiman deserves praise – and behind the anthropology, the Lengths is a love story sweetly told. By the end, I wanted to see its leads together. And that’s really all that needs to be said."