The Paper Boys cover, an LGBTQ+ romantic comedy by DP Clarence

The Paper Boys

eBook & Paperback
Release date: 1 February 2024

Don’t hold the front page. Hold the guy who wrote it.

In the cutthroat world of British political journalism, rivals Sunny Miller and Ludo Boche are about to discover that the biggest scoop of their careers might just be each other.

Sunny, a working-class reporter at the trashy tabloid The Bulletin, dreams of writing hard-hitting stories that change the world. Ludo, a privileged musical theatre fanatic turned journalist at the prestigious Sentinel, can’t seem to enter a room without causing chaos. When an unexpected scoop lands in their laps at the same time, thrusting them into a web of political intrigue, these arch-nemeses find themselves reluctantly working together—and fighting an unexpected attraction.

From the bustling newsrooms of London to a questionable hotel on a remote Scottish island, Sunny and Ludo navigate class differences, family expectations, and their own prejudices. As they uncover corruption and confront their feelings, they’ll learn that the story of a lifetime might just be their own.

Filled with razor-sharp wit, laugh-out-loud moments, and a cast of unforgettable characters, The Paper Boys is a heartwarming tale of rivalry, romance, and the power of love to bridge any divide. Perfect for fans of British humour and queer romance, this debut novel delivers a story as timely as tomorrow’s headlines and as timeless as love itself.

The Paper Boys is a gay romantic comedy ideal for fans of Red, White and Royal Blue and Boyfriend Material.

The Paper Boys cover, an LGBTQ+ romantic comedy by DP Clarence

The Silly Season

Exclusive eBook
Release date: 1 February 2024

What happened when Hugo met Stacey? 

It’s Stacey versus Hugo in this festive adventure for fans of The Paper Boys!

It’s eighteen months since Sunny and Ludo got together and life is as wonderful as a West End musical. The boys have settled into their new jobs and have built a fabulous, mostly pants-free life together in the Connaught Square flat.

There’s just one big scary thing they’ve never quite got around to—introducing their chalk-and-cheese families.

So, what better time to do it than Christmas?

Stacey has made the trip south for the occasion and if she’s unimpressed with the capital’s famous sightseeing, she’s even less impressed to be missing her traditional Christmas Day volunteering responsibilities in Leicester.

Meanwhile, in Hampstead, Hugo is planning a Christmas lunch worthy of a Michelin Star and eagerly awaiting a very special present in the King’s New Year’s Honours List. It’s just the kind of pretentious rubbish that Stacey has zero time for.

A cultural clash seems inevitable, but Sunny and Ludo are desperate for Christmas to go well. After all, they’ve got a big announcement to make.

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About DP Clarence

I was a journalist for a long, long time before finally deciding to bite the bullet and do the thing I always wanted to do — write books about boys kissing other boys. 

My debut novel, gay rom-com The Paper Boys, will be released in February 2024.

I am an avid reader of everything from rom-coms to literary fiction — but I especially love LGBTQ+ fiction. You can see what I've been reading lately on Instagram and Goodreads.

I live in London with my partner and our very smiley corgi.

An illustration of DP Clarence by @adaptabelart in Instagram
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