Book Review: Angel by Sebastian Michael

Angel by Sebastian Michael

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About the Author

Sebastian was born in Manchester, UK, into a Swiss family and grew up in Basel, Switzerland, where his first two plays were staged while he was still at school and university. 

Since moving to London at the age of 21, he has written several stage plays, among them The Power of Love, Love Hurts and Time After Time, which together now form the Love Trilogy and each of which individually reached the shortlist, long list and final ten respectively of Soho Theatre's Verity Bargate Award in separate years. His play Top Story was presented as a rehearsed reading at the ICA in May 2008 as part of the Accidental Festival and then became the last professional production at London's legendary underground venue, The Old Vic Tunnels, before it closed in 2013. In 2014, he wrote and also performed in The Sonneteer – a play on power, passion and possession, about William Shakespeare's Sonnets and The Fair Youth, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

Earlier plays of Sebastian's were seen on the London and Edinburgh fringe and include QED, Sisters and All the World. He also wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Monstersound which made it into the final round of the Musical of the Year Competition in Copenhagen and the book for Icon, which, after a rehearsed reading and a Fringe production in London, was invited to the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) 2016.

The Recommendation

For the right audience who is interested in stories about adonis and people who are too beautiful for their own good, this is the perfect story to check out. It is clean, well-written, and full of fun and funny moments!

The Review

I couldn't put this book down once I picked it up. I thought Damion was an interesting and fun character who was fairly easy to relate to despite facing issues that very few people would ever face. He is, simply put, too pretty for his own good and wishes that people would pay attention to his other qualities than just how pretty he is.

He makes a pretty bold decision, and the entire book wraps around this idea of what it takes to have people respect us for who we are. I thought that situations were humorous but also fairly intuitive about the issues people face. Sure, not many people are this pretty, but people do give up a lot to focus on the sexuality and attractiveness of our culture.

It was a fun read, for sure.

The Rating


About the Book

"A delight to read. So delicate, casually cruel, wickedly funny and wildly alluring."
- Stephen Fry

Damion is a boy so beautiful that everybody falls in love with him. This, his greatest advantage in life, gradually turns into his heaviest burden and so as he reaches adulthood, Damion, in an act half wanton, half heroic, destroys what for most people - but not for him - has come to define his essence. - A classic tale of a young man in search of his destiny.

By Sebastian Michael