05 July 2017

The Swimming-Pool Library

Alan Hollinghurst

"I rarely start reading an author from the very beginning, but there’s no better place to start with the hero Hollinghurst than with The Swimming-Pool Library. His characters are punchy, London life is depicted masterfully, and the narrative is indulgent and exposed – like the characters themselves."

Sarah

Fun Home

Alison Bechdel

"Fun Home, a Family Tragicomic Graphic Memoir, is Alison Bechdel’s darkly comic depiction of her childhood and teenage explorations of gender and sexual orientation. She explores these alongside memories of her complex relationship with her father, whose own homosexual affairs were kept secret from her until after his unexpected death. It is bleak but often hilarious and absolutely brilliant – full of literary influences and beautifully drawn."

Cat

Tales of the City series

Armistead Maupin

"A dripping collection of stories about a group of people who all live at Mrs Madrigal's dwellings on Barberry Lane. As the series develops, there are tales about all the characters and their journey through life. It's sheer brilliance; enjoyable for all. I take all 6 books away whenever I’m by a pool relaxing."

Greg

Good As You

Paul Flynn

"Often beautiful and bittersweet, this is the story of thirty years of Gay Britain. Essential reading for everyone."

Sarah

Mr Loverman

Bernardine Evaristo

"I first picked this book up a year ago, but I I'd had it in my life a little longer. Our protagonist, Barry, is complicated and selfish, but ultimately charming and sympathetic. Despite his long succession of questionable decisions, you feel for him as he attempts to navigate his various clashing identities in and out of the closet, in the face of a wall of cultural disapproval and a challenging family dynamic."

Zainab

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