The latest addition to my website is June Allison Gibbons‘ The Pepsi-Cola Addict. The novel was published by a vanity press and is now virtually impossible to obtain. June Allison Gibbons and her identical twin, Jennifer, were born on an RAF base in Aden. Their parents were from Barbados. They grew up in the UK, particularly Wales. From an early age, they had their own private language and rarely spoke to others, including their family, except in grunts and monosyllables. This fact and the fact that they were the only black children in the school, meant that they were bullied. June wrote this book as a teenager but it had no success, so the girls turned to crime. Thy were caught and sent to Broadmoor, the hospital for the criminally insane. The day they were released Jennifer died. June is still alive at the time of writing.
The book tells the story of a fifteen-year old American boy who is addicted to Pepsi-Cola and has an on-again, off-again relationship with his girlfriend, Peggy. He is seduced by his (female) teacher, homosexually assaulted by his best friend and goes to prison for a botched robbery. (He was too busy drinking Pepsi in the shop to notice the arrival of the police.) In prison, a guard makes a homosexual approach to him and he sees a guard stabbed to death. Things do not go much better once he is out. It is not great literature but not a bad book though, admittedly, its interest is in part due to the life of its author.