Latest Amazon customer five star review:
‘A raw and exposing exploration into the world of art, drugs, sex and magick. Beautifully written with incredible imagery that will leave the lines of reality a blur. Could not put it down.’
LGBTQ Arts Review by Amie Taylor (April 2016)
The latest review of Pharmakeia appears in The LGBTQ Arts Review by Amie Taylor.
‘Graves is a gripping storyteller, and the twists and turns that Pharmakeia takes are frequently unexpected and are sure to knock you off your feet. It’s dark, alluring, sexy and difficult to put down.
‘Pharmakeia’ Review – Attitude magazine (March 2016 edition)
Ben Kelly from ‘Attitude’ magazine (March edition) reviews Pharmakeia.
‘Mostly irreverent and occasionally shocking, Pharmakeia is a romp of a read.‘
Interviewed by Matt Williams in March 2016 about Pharmakeia on ‘Out in South London’ Resonance FM
Homo Jihad, Time Out review
‘For all the jet setting and cross-cultural fraternising (Jews, Arabs, Vauxhall club kids) the heart of Homo Jihad is quintessentially British. Emotions are wrangled with and expressed through endless rhetorical questions filled with self-doubt, but in the end, everything turns out as sweet as an E M Forster novel,’ Gay Times June 2010
‘Heartbroken after his Muslim lover breaks up with him to marry, primary school teacher David drifts into a relationship with Yossi, a visiting Israeli traumatised by a close call with the Intifada in Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, a mysterious veiled woman brings an accusation against David at his school after the fact that he is gay comes out… This has to be one of the most ambitious novels ever written, dealing with everything from illicit Muslim homosexuality and hate crime to GHB abuse and international terrorism, both in Israel and during the 7/7 attacks in London. There’s even a subplot about David’s flatmate discovering enlightenment through Buddhism.
That Homo Jihad is in some ways successful is no mean feat: Graves has created a truly extraordinary first novel. The trouble is, any one of its storylines feels like it deserves a whole book to itself. While Homo Jihad ultimately buckles under the weight of its own sheer audacity, Graves is a writer to watch.’ Attitude magazine, summer edition 2010.