The quirk


The quirk
As with other Gordon Merrick (1916-1988) novels published by Avon Books, the cover of ‘The Quirk’ is the work of artist Victor Gadino. The style of these Avon paperbacks alludes to the romances published by Mills and Boon in the UK (or Harlequin in the USA), but in this case, they are aimed at gay readers. Gadino used male models as the basis of his illustrations which, unusually for the time, depict the men together and looking at each other rather than separate and isolated. In this instance, the full illustration wraps around the front and back covers. This novel centres on Rod, a bisexual artist in 1960s Paris who has relationships with men and a woman during the novel.
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