Glitterland by Alexis Hall (Re-release)

I had never read Glitterland, so I jumped at the chance to read it when it came up on my Netgalley search and I was lucky enough to snag a copy of the updated book which re-releases today with a ton of bonus content!

From the blurb:

From the acclaimed author of BOYFRIEND MATERIAL comes a deeply emotional romance about heartbreak, hope, and learning to love against all the odds.

Once the golden boy of the English literary scene, now a clinically depressed writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on hope, happiness, and—most of all—himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people's expectations.

Then a chance encounter throws him into the path of Essex-born Darian Taylor. Flashy and loud, radiant and full of life, Darian couldn't be more different...and yet he makes Ash laugh, reminding him of what it's like to step beyond the boundaries of his anxiety. But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can no longer see a way out. Can a man who doesn't trust himself ever trust in happiness? And how can someone who doesn't believe in happiness ever fight for his own?

Alexis Hall's iconic Glitterland has been revised and expanded, with extensive bonus content and a stunning new cover by Elizabeth Turner Stokes. Bonus content includes:

Author Annotations: Alexis Hall's insights and commentary threaded through the novel
Shadowland: a brand new scene exploring Niall and Max's complex relationship
The Glass Menagerie: an entertaining look at an in-universe Rik Glass novel
A Letter from the Author discussing the experience of writing Glitterland
Darian's Nanny Dot's Cottage Pie and Aftermath, brought together from the original release 

Heather's Review:

I wasn't ready for the emotions I would feel reading this book - the love I'd have for Darian, the loathing I'd feel for Ash as I struggled to like him despite himself and the way that they came together... Glitterland takes on and does justice to the world of depression and anxiety that surrounds Ash.  It's easy to love the sunny, sweet and radiant character, but so much harder to see past the struggles and mental illness to fall in love with Ash... but the journey is so worth it!

Alexis Hall has such a way with words, the prose transports you and makes you think, feel and want to turn the page...  I'm not sure what reading the book would have been like in previous editions, but the insights and bonus scenes really brought things to life, so even if you're up for a re-read, this is one edition you're going to want to pick up!

Rating: 5 Stars

Glitterland is available in paperback, audiobook and e-book format in wide release.