If you love: Moonlight
You should read: Giovanni's Room
Barry Jenkins’s gritty yet profoundly moving film trumphed in the Best Picture category on awards night - even after a surreal mix up at the Podium! It's a movie that will resonate with anyone who has struggled with their identity. Moonlight puts the gay black experience front and centre, with central character Chiron battling to come to terms with his homosexuality. James Baldwin’s classic, Giovanni’s Room, explores similar themes, telling the story of a tormented love affair between David – who has just proposed to his girlfriend - and Giovanni, an Italian bartender. Caught between convention and his repressed desires, David’s is an impassioned, deeply moving story.