Book review ‘Disbanded Kingdom’ (read in 2021)

  • Writer: Polis Loizou
  • Publisher: Cloud Lodge Books
  • Publication year: 2018
  • Number of pages: 183
  • ISBN: 978-0995465794
  • My rating: 4,5/5
Disbanded Kingdom


Twenty-two-year-old Oscar is a lost cause. He roams central London, looking for love and distraction. But this isn’t quite Bright Lights, Big City: Oscar is gay but feels disconnected from London’s gay scene. He is naive and rootless, an emotionally stunted young man who lives in upscale Kensington with his foster mother, novelist Charlotte Fontaine. But all of this changes when he meets Tim, Charlotte’s thirty-something literary agent with whom Oscar becomes hopelessly infatuated. While he struggles to understand Tim’s politics and his rejection of religion, Oscar’s developing friendship with Tim affects a profound change in the young man, making him want to understand the world and his place in it. DISBANDED KINGDOM is a brilliantly written 21st Century coming-of-age story, set against the emotive backdrop of the United Kingdom’s breakaway from the European Union and its threatened rupture with Scotland.


Read in June 2021(!)

𝕰𝖓𝖌𝖑𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝖎𝖘 𝖆 𝖙𝖍𝖔𝖚𝖘𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝖞𝖊𝖆𝖗 𝖔𝖑𝖉 𝕼𝖚𝖊𝖊𝖓 𝕭𝖎𝖙𝖈𝖍 𝖜𝖍𝖔 𝖙𝖍𝖚𝖓𝖉𝖊𝖗𝖘 𝖎𝖓 𝖙𝖔 𝖙𝖊𝖆𝖗 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖕𝖆𝖗𝖙𝖞 𝖚𝖕.

Polis Loizou

This book is a love letter, a ballad, a romantic story but not between two people! This is a lovestory between us readers and the city of London, with its Just Eat’s, its underground, its Caffè Nero’s, its wet rainy streets and alleyways, its bodegas and with Trafalgar Square on Christmas… But this book is also about the heartbreak due to Brexit, the broken relationships and England’s history. But most of all, this book is about coming-of-age Oscar, his ‘almost-mother’ Charlotte and het literay agent, Tim.

Oscar, a twenty-two year old gay guy, who’s looking for himself, for his past and for love, by roaming London’s streets. But then his foster mom, Charlotte, introduces him to Tim, and he’s immediately infatuated with him. But is it meant to be, are they to get together?

Accompanied by a soundtrack of street noises and wonderful music, we are witness to this boy’s search and are taken along for a ride!

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