A Matter of Life and Sex is an autobiographical novel recounting the coming of age of a gay man, Hugo Harvey, who engages in sex from a young age and later, during college, works at least part-time as a prostitute, contracting HIV/AIDS in the mid-1980s before the advent of effective anti-HIV drugs. The novel describes the protagonist's relationships with his family (most significantly with his mother), his school friends, his casual sex mates, and with other friends battling HIV/AIDS. Moore himself has been described as "handsome, bright, witty, and gay," and worked occasionally as a male escort in addition to his magazine work. He lived with HIV for the last 13 years of his life, and from 1993 to 1996 wrote a regular column for The Guardian entitled "PWA (Person With AIDS)." Moore lost his sight owing to his HIV infection and died of AIDS-related illness in 1996 at the age of 36. A book collecting his "PWA" columns was published a month after his death. A stage adaptation was produced in London in 2001.
A Matter of Life and Sex by Oscar Moore
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group (May 28, 1992)
Amazon: A Matter of Life and Sex
Explores the experience of desire and practices of gay sex from the inside track. The material is, at times, lurid, but it isn't handled with a pornographer's leer - rather we hear through the text what the person inside the body doing these things is thinking and feeling.
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