On Monday 4 September 2023, Tricorn Books will publish Keith Bond’s latest book, ‘Darling Jake’, a warm and optimistic story following the protagonist as he continues his journey into adulthood and discovers his on-stage persona as a drag artiste.

The story follows Jake, who leaves his rural homeland for a new life in 1960’s London. After accepting a rented room in a shared house, he meets a friendship group which encourages and steers his life onto a new path. With the support of his friends and the adoration of his fans, Jake’s new life as a drag artiste, Rusty L’amour, propels him into a new world of performance, glamour and big wigs.

The book offers an insight into the supportive and rigorous life on stage, as well as the ups and downs of performing as a drag artiste. It also touches on the importance of Jake’s devoted partner Jim, and the help of his friends and family in achieving his dream.

Keith Bond was born in Warwickshire and over his career has lived in London and Brighton. He now lives in Hampshire with his partner, John, where he enjoys writing, photography, graphic design and cooking. Darling Jake is his third book, following his first book ‘Jake’ and ‘Murder is an Art Form’ (currently unpublished).

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