Tim Bairstow


Born and bred in the wilds of West Yorkshire, England; I studied History at Oxford University and Theology at the University of Leeds in the late eighties and early nineties. I've been writing stories ever since I could pick up a pen and am passionately interested in documenting the experience of gay people in a manner that goes beyond the all too often very metropolitan, youth based, niche culture that is often the face that the gay community presents to the world. I enjoy exploring the ordinary, everyday lives of gay people in a society that still is equivocal about fully accepting them. I confess that I’m not too interested in lives lived within a ‘bubble’ of those who are all the same.

As an historian and a theologian I am currently fascinated by the dynamic between faith and sexuality and, in particular, the consequences rather than the causes of the Christian Church's current stance on the question of gay rights.

I live and work very happily in the North West of England with my partner who is a professional musician and broadcaster. I suppose we should have cats but we don't; I'm allergic to them!

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I'm finalising the fourth novel, due to be published early in the new year, called: "A Nightingale in the Sycamore" It deals with the power of first love and the on-going pain of its loss but begs the question can it ever be re-kindled in the present when that first love suddenly re-appears?
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a tough one! I love David Leavitt's "The Lost Language of Cranes"; that's one of my favourite novels. Of the contemporary writers dealing with a gay theme, my favourite must be Patrick Gale. I enjoy anything by Mark Haddon and, for something a bit different, C J Samson. Of the older generation, my ultimate hero is Stan Barstow. In particular, his Vic Brown trilogy ('A Kind of Loving', 'The Watchers on the Shore' and 'The Right True End') are a masterpiece. I'm hugely flattered to have been, quite un-bidden, likened to him.
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Where to find Tim Bairstow online


Cloven Tongues
Price: $5.10 USD. Words: 82,600. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Successful, handsome and charismatic, Robert Withinfield is a rising star of the church. The youngest cathedral dean in the country and hotly tipped for preferment, Dean Withinfield's world rapidly unravels when he is provoked in to making unguarded comments during a television interview on the subject of gay rights.
What do you want for Christmas?
Price: $5.10 USD. Words: 111,920. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Achingly nostalgic and acutely observed, Tim Bairstow's highly acclaimed second novel is by turns sexy, poignant and hilarious. 'What Do You Want for Christmas' strikes deep emotional chords for anyone who has ever been young and in love and not just at Christmas! A Christmas novel for all the year round!
The Shadow of Your Wings
Price: $5.10 USD. Words: 91,870. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Felix finds the reality of deeply passionate love for himself with the dangerously attractive Jonas Carter. It is a love that will save both Felix and Jonas. Yet, confronted with the reality of his life and what it has made him and, most of all, with the final realisation of the impossibility of his love for Felix, Jack descends in to obsession, madness and despair.

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