• Living and Loving in the Age of AIDS

  • A Memoir
  • By: Derek Frost
  • Narrated by: Robbie Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is the tale of a devastating pandemic, of lives cut painfully short; it's also a love letter.

Derek, a distinguished designer and J, his husband, a pioneering entrepreneur and creator of both The Embassy Club, London's answer to Studio 54, and iconic Heaven, Europe's largest gay discotheque, met and fell in love more than 40 years ago. Their lives were high-octane, full of adventure, fun and fearless creativity.

Suddenly, their friends began to get sick and die - AIDS had arrived in their lives. When they got tested, J received what was then a death sentence: He was HIV positive. While the onset of AIDS strengthened stigma and fear globally, they confronted their personal crisis with courage, humor, and an indomitable resolve to survive. 

J's battle lasted six long years. Turning to spiritual reflection, yoga, nature - and always to love - Derek describes a transformation of the spirit and how compassion and empathy rose phoenix-like from the flames of sickness and death. Out of this transformation also came Aids Ark, the charity they founded, which helped to save, amongst the world's most marginalized people, more than 1,000 HIV positive lives.

This is a story of joy and triumph; about facing universal challenges; about the great rewards that come from giving back. Derek speaks for a generation who lived through a global health crisis that many in society refused even to acknowledge. His is a powerful story chronicling this extraordinary time.

©2021 Derek Frost (P)2021 Watkins Publishing
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

Featured Article: Moving Listens About the AIDS Epidemic


The AIDS crisis is a devastating part of history that should never be forgotten. The epidemic led to the death of more than 25 million Americans and contributed to the health struggles of countless others. The audiobooks on this list confront the harsh, heartbreaking realities of the AIDS epidemic. Each of these listens helps commemorate a dark part of our nation’s history and honor those who lost their lives to the bigotry that built barriers to treatment and care.

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A Hero’s Journey

The ignorance and anguish of our world is invited to share a potential of life lived fully.
To change our world in a Hero’s Journey to heal ‘separate’ is embodied in Derek’s story. The deep connection & love shared with Jeremy, a prize of LOVE & PEACE embodied.
LOVE does heal.

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Need access to text

This was an amazing book. At times however I needed to refer to the text to verify a word or phrase to explore items further. While kindle & audible stated I can access text, when I tried it was not possible. This caused me to miss some important points I would have explored further to understand and relate to the story better