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John Sam Jones

Kiss and Tell: Selected Stories

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“Are these the best gay stories since Tennessee Williams’ One Arm?” Booklist

Selected for the first time in a single new edition, these sensual stories by prize-winning author John Sam Jones reveal lucid prose and complex lives. Moving through city steam rooms, rugged North Wales mountains and estuaries facing other places. Risky sex, new romance and easy understanding, a mortgage on a semi or keeping a lid on it all for the sake family, status and belief...

Including previously unseen work, and a foreword by David Llewellyn.


On Welsh Boys Too

“John Sam Jones’s charming, thoughtful collection of Welsh stories, Welsh Boys Too, is a joy to read.” Sebastian Beaumont, Gay Times
“Hugely enjoyable” The Big Issue
“A bold adventurous collection.” The Western Mail

On Fishboys of Vernazza

“This slim, stylish collection is sheer joy.” Peter Burton, Gay Times
“These stories are sometimes poignant, often witty and always perceptive. As he grows older, John Sam Jones is becoming raunchier.” John Davies, author of The Penguin History of Wales
“...clever, poignant and perceptive...” The Daily Post


After working in ministry, education and public health for more than thirty years, John Sam Jones lives in semi-retirement with his husband and two Welsh Collies in a small German village a stone’s throw from the Dutch border. John realised he was gay as a teenager at the beginning of the 1970s and quickly came to understand that his life would be lived always on the edge – between truth and lies, rejection and ridicule, self doubt and a search for acceptance.  He ultimately chose to negotiate a route through life where honesty and integrity, in an often toxically homophobic society, were not always appreciated.  In 2001 he became the first co-chair of the LGB Forum Cymru (which was later renamed Stonewall Cymru), set up to advise the Welsh Government on LGB issues.
He studied creative writing at Chester. His collection of short stories – Welsh Boys Too – was an Honour Book winner in the American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards. His second collection, Fishboys of Vernazza, was short-listed for Wales Book of the Year and was followed by the novels With Angels and Furies & Crawling Through Thorns.