Sulphated Dreams is a novel set in Manchester, England in the winter and spring of 1987. It is the story of Mick Russellton, a music journalist who one night meets two very different woman. Terry, one time Teresa, an outgoing if unemployed actress and Julia, an intriguing photographer. After a fling with Terry Mick starts an affair with Julia which ultimately creates a crisis in his life, as Julia is the partner of the man who is trying to buy the paper Mick writes for.
There is a epilogue set in Manchester in 1990 that shows how Mick's life resolved itself.
Sulphated Dreams though is more than a romance. It's a description of Manchester before it was Madchester and before regeneration that refers back to the other Manchesters and in some ways the Manchesters that could have been.