“It had never occurred to me to run a gay B & B, and now it is too late, But Alan
Keslian’s cautionary and amusing tale and the engaging characters involved gave me
a happy account of what I may have missed.”- Ned Sherrin
“Goodmans Hotel”, a full length novel, is a gay love story set in 1990s London. Mark,
a City high-flyer, is irresistibly attracted to Tom, a manual worker from a tough
neighbourhood. Both men have been marked by past ordeals.
Conflict between powerful cabals in the City firm cause Mark to leave, with a generous
pay off. Tom’s boss, Andrew, a determinedly independent small businessman, convinces
him he should put all his resources into setting up a gay guest house, the ‘Goodmans
Hotel’ of the title. There he hopes for release from the heartlessly competitive
norms of his old working life.
He takes in an eighteen year old runaway, Darren, who is escaping from his parents’
religious bigotry. Mark comes to think of Tom, Darren and Andrew as his ‘family’.
A crisis forces Mark and Tom apart, until eventually the family are reconciled and
reunited in the final chapter, their understanding of life deepened by the challenges
they have faced.