Dancing Bare

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Dancing Bare is an amusing tale about Rigby, an impossibly innocent young man who swaps the suffocating confines of middle class New Zealand for love and liberation in nineteen-sixties London and Europe. Revelling in the freedom conferred by anonymity, he becomes an actor, stripper, rent boy, lover, teacher and dedicated traveller through Europe and North Africa. More
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About Rigby Taylor

I live with my partner as naturally as possible in today’s world, on several forested acres in sub-tropical Queensland.
My first twenty-four years on this planet are recorded in a lighthearted memoir, Dancing Bare, in which my doings in nineteen sixties London, Paris, Europe and North Africa are recalled.
I write the sort of books I like to read— stories that are reasonably fast-paced, with sufficient but minimal description that doesn’t interrupt the unfolding plot, which is clear and about something more than just action. A bit if philosophising and the occasional polemic always please me. I reckon fictional characters should be believable, not ‘supermen’, just slightly larger than life. I want to be unaware I’m reading as I’m transported to a more interesting reality where there are at least a couple of people I can relate to. I don’t mind reading about sexual activity if it’s part of the plot and demonstrates character, but graphic sex bores me witless. I am disappointed that most so-called ‘gay’ novels seem to be mere excuses for empty erotica.
I can’t see the point in having ‘heroes’ who are unable to escape the compromises, petty disagreements, hopes, disappointments, mistakes, regrets, and pointless ‘pleasures’ that make up most people’s lives. We all know what that’s like. My ‘heroes’ live in that world, but face their predicaments stoutly, inspiring us lesser mortals to follow their example and strive with a little more perseverance to attain our goals.
But what goals? I despair at otherwise excellent books in which everyone accepts the grossly wasteful consumerism of everyday life as not only normal but desirable. I like to read and write about people who genuinely understand that more than enough is too much. Who value what is truly valuable. I realise I'm sometimes guilty of a bit of tub-thumping, but I like that in other writers because without strong convictions a writer has little to offer apart from amusement.
email: rigbyte@gmail.com

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William Raymond reviewed on July 31, 2019

A delightful read. I am a similar age to Rigby but certainly didn't venture beyond my home shores as a young man. I find his travels fascinating and insightful. I have to admit that although leading very different lives, I share many of Rigby's thoughts, attitudes and beliefs. Thanks for making me think about my own life and for sharing yours. Looking forward to reading more of Rigby's work.

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C S McClellan reviewed on April 18, 2015

Rigby's a snob, as one reviewer manages to say without using the word. But he's my kind of snob: witty, intelligent, compassionate, observant, insightful, honest. Just the comparatively short span of time his memoire covers gives a good sense of history, and points up the contrast between the beauty of the world he discovered in his travels as a young man, and what it's become since then.

It's a wonderful portrait of someone maturing, sometimes painfully, but even in the process of losing his naivete and innocence, he usually manages to maintain his sense of humor. He deserved to find the true love he was searching for, and he did.

I have to feel sorry for the reviewer who lost 20 IQ points reading the book. She obviously couldn't afford the loss.
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Saki reviewed on Feb. 23, 2011

Kristie must be brain dead. This book is so funny, witty and well written, I couldnt put it down. Far from feeling sorry for himself, the author pokes fun at himself, at the same time opening a window to the recent past that should make everyone think again about the sort of world we are creating. Well done!
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Kristie reviewed on Feb. 14, 2011

This book is a nauseating rollercoaster ride. The author makes it very clear what he thinks of the rest of humanity. Nobody is as great as he is, whine, whine! What a load of self indulgent drivel. I believe my I.Q. fell 20 points from reading this...
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Dave McGee reviewed on Feb. 12, 2011

This is a compelling, absorbing and above all delightful read, covering a young man's travels and adventures far from home. 1960s London has gained notoriety and featured in the bios of numerous celebs, but here the author gives us a delicious, uncensored account, refreshingly honest and vital. It will chime with all who knew that time and enthrall those who didn't. The author's subsequent travels through Europe and North Africa are spellbinding and speak of a world now gone forever. Highly recommended.
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