How funny! How dysfunctional. This is what it really means to be British, she thought. Everybody separate behind their walls and everybody drinking…
Dennis has been carrying a torch for Gareth Moon since school; Sez conducts a psychological experiment with himself and two jam-jars the subjects; Estela spends sultry summer afternoons observing her neighbours over the fence; Hatima searches for an errant octogenarian in the local hostelries… Each of them encounters Monsterberry Crush, the local vagrant, until snapshot by snapshot his story is told.
Set in various homes, streets, parks and a nearby residence for the demented elderly, The Homeless Heart-throb is a journey into contemporary Wales lit up with the full gamut of human relationships: platonic, romantic and sexual.
Winner of Wales Book of the Year Award Fiction (2018) with Light Switches Are My Kryptonite
Shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2017 with The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise
Praise for the novels of Crystal Jeans
"In Sylvester, Crystal Jeans has created a character as evocative and alluring as her own name. Her book is an amazing piece of literary ventriloquism; convincing, moving, funny, flawlessly sustained, and utterly compelling."
"With a literary voice as distinctive as her name, this Cardiff writer blew away the judging panel… I’d never read anything
quite like Light Switches Are My Kryptonite..."
Carolyn Hitt, Wales Online
"Think Caitlin Moran in Gabalfa, Cardiff – dysfunctionality made humorous and page-turningly entertaining and moving."
Professor Tony Curtis
"[Crystal] writes with reckless honesty that raises eyebrows, goosebumps, and belly laughs."
"A sweary, sexy, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining tale set in a Welsh town. "
Liz Robinson, LoveReading