Sunday, July 31, 2011

Angus Stewart & Sandel

I notice that a Wikipedia entry has appeared for Angus Stewart. I guess we all have novels on that mental list of 'I really should have read that and feel slightly guilty that I never have' and Angus Stewart's Sandel is definitely on mine. The hardcover first edition was published by Hutchinson in 1968 and there was a Panther paperback in 1971 but it has never been reprinted since. Consequently it has attained an astonishing price tag in either edition - although how fast it actually sells at those kinds of prices isn't quite clear to me.

Angus John Mackintosh Stewart was Australian by birth but moved to the UK following his father's academic career at the age of thirteen. Perhaps that was a particularly significant event for him since the protagonist in Sandel, (Antony Sandel) is also thirteen. Stewart never wrote another 'gay novel' and spent a significant portion of his life in North Africa experimenting with drugs and "self-discovery".


Glenn Chandler said...

If you can't get hold of the book, come and see the play SANDEL this year on the Edinburgh Fringe 2 - 24 August 2013 at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall. Booking now open at Adapted and directed by Glenn Chandler and starring Ryan Penny, Caslum Fleming, and newcomer Tom Cawte as Antony Sandel.

Unknown said...

The book is also now back in print and available in Amazon.

Piers Dudgeon said...

A new edition of Sandel was published by Pilot Productions at the end of 2013 and is available on Amazon at £9.99. It certainly stands the test of time. If you would like to post a picture of the new cover, let me know.

Anonymous said...

You might care to know that Glenn Chandler's play, based on Angus Stewart's gay classic, Sandel, is opening at the Above the Stage theatre in Vauxhall London on May 20 (2014) and will run until June 14. See

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