Saturday, 13 December 2014


Angus Stewart (1936-98) was a British writer, best known for his novel Sandel, published in 1968.

In Sandel, 13-year-old chorister Antony Sandel forms a loving relationship with a 19-year-old Oxford University student called David Rogers.
The Times wrote of Sandel “The writing is always intelligent, its sensual quality surprisingly beautiful.” 
The Sunday Telegraph wrote: “Mr. Stewart has really succeeded with this young character, and in depicting a love which truly exists and is not despicable.” 

Angus Stewart
Reportedly, Sandel was based on real events; Angus Stewart was educated at Christ Church, Oxford; Christ Church Cathedral School is an independent preparatory school for boys in Oxford.
Stewart’s book Underdogs (1961), contains a ‘factual’ account of Stewart’s actual relationship with Tony in Oxford (the basis of Sandel).
In Underdogs, Stewart is 17 years of age and Tony is 13.
Sandel has been compared to Roger Peyrefitte‘s 1943 novel Les Amitiés Particulières
Sandel has become a cult novel.

“A stage adaptation by the Scottish writer Glenn Chandler was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2013.[1] 

“After forty years out of print, (and fetching astronomical prices on the second hand market), Sandel was republished in August 2013 to coincide with the Edinburgh production.”

Angus John Mackintosh Stewart – Wikipedia

Stewart was the son the novelist and Oxford academic J. I. M. Stewart (1906-1994) and Margaret Hardwick (1905-1979). 
J. I. M. Stewart (1906 – 1994) wrote detective fiction under the name Michael Innes.

Tangier boy, by Angus Stewart.

After writing Sandel Stewart moved to Tangier in Morocco, where he wrote a travel diary entitled Tangier: A Writer’s Notebook (1977).
In Tangier: A Writer’s Notebook, Stewart describes sharing a house with a Moroccan boy called Nin, who later married a foreign female, and later sharing a flat with a boy called Meti, who was apparently heterosexual, but who reportedly shared hugs with Stewart.
In Angus Stewart’s poetry book Sense and Inconsequence (1972), Stewart names Meti as Hamed Sigidhli.
There are two illustrations by Meti in Sense and Inconsequence.
Meti lived with Stewart for at least six years.
Reportedly, for legal and religious reasons, Stewart restricted his activity with boys to hugging and kissing.

Tangier boy, by Angus Stewart.

In 1979 Stewart returned to England.

For much of his life Stewart suffered from clinical depression.

Discovering Angus Stewart (1936 – 1998) – William A. Percy.


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