Favourite Queer Literature

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  1. Chlammy

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    Have you any queer literature that you loved or would recommend to others? I try to read quite a bit of queer fiction in proportion to the other books I read and would love to know what you guys have loved. Fiction or otherwise.

    A few of mine:

    Blood Relatives by Stevan Alcock.
    A boy growing up in punk-era Leeds, documented alongside the Yorkshire Ripper's attacks. It's all in Yorkshire dialect and it's completely brilliant.

    How Many Miles to Babylon? by Jennifer Johnston.
    Jennifer Johnston isn't a queer writer and the book doesn't advertise itself as a gay novel, but it's about two boys from different backgrounds growing up alongside one another in eastern Ireland and eventually fighting in WWI. The description doesn't do it justice really, but her writing is spare and beautiful and her reputation as one of the great modern Irish writers is justified.

    Guapa by Saleem Haddad
    A gay man living in an Arab country trying to maintain his life as the world is in turmoil around him. I don't know if some of you have read this or not, but I adored it.

    The Absolutist by John Boyne
    Boyne's writing goes so far beyond The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I find some of his novels quite sensational (addictive but almost ludicrous), but this is easily my favourite. A man visiting the home of his dead wartime lover in Norwich juxtaposed with their time at war.
     
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    I LOVED Blood Relatives.

    Off the top of my head, recent queer reads that I loved

    You will be safe here by Damian Barr

    An honest man by Ben Fergusson

    The life and loves of Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr

    Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal
     
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  3. ameraal

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    i love fun home by alison bechdel.
     
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    The Story of the Night by Colm Toibin springs to mind.
     
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  5. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    Can we distinguish queer from plain ol' gay please?
     
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    Nothing plain about gay. Oh wait...
     
  7. Chlammy

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    Is it plain gay lit if the characters and authors never specify their sexuality?
     
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    I started it and never finished. It's still upstairs.

    I'm on the last few pages of The South though so might pick it up again next.

    The Blackwater Lighthouse is AMAZING but I'm hesitant to include it because the bulk of what happens is through the lens of the sister of the brother who has contracted AIDS.
     
  9. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    @Chlammy I think it's about the politics of the work. John Boyne, for example, is gay as opposed to queer, for me.
     
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  10. vespertine

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    Agreed, the musical is absolutely lovely as well.

    Giovanni's Room and The Argonauts come straight to mind but also Call Me By Your Name because I'd just finished LIVING it when I read it. [​IMG]
     
  11. Chlammy

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    I bought the follow up, Find Me, but left it in Italy. Has anyone got round to it yet?
     
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    I've heard it's rubbish so don't want to taint the first.
     
  13. Mats

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    kiss and tell!
     
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  14. Mats

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    I'm quite normative these days so I have nothing to contribute but Chlammy's mentions all go on the list
     
  15. ameraal

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    giovanni's room is on my to buy list and same about the other one (but it was the movie for me).

    twinsies!
     
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  16. jivafox

    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    I found it incredibly disappointing.
     
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  17. Mats

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    Giovanni's Room is so good and strikes me as one of those novels that is worth re-visiting throughout the years
     
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    Yes ! I read it a few months ago after 15 odd years and thought it was magnificent
     
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  19. Sheena

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    I loved Call Me By Your Name so much. It made me sob so much at the end, an air hostess had to check I was alright.

    I’m about a quarter of the way through Find Me and, yes, so far, it’s not a patch.
     
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    I find CMBYN to be so overwritten
     
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    Shame cos I adore the movie
     
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    I read Giovanni’s Room recently and loved it.

    Also recommend Tin Man by Sarah Winman. (Mentioned it before here)
     
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    I came in this thread to say EXACTLY THIS :disco:
     
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    I would also recommend Iris Murdoch, whilst not always specifically about gay relationships her books almost always feature gay relationships, DEBAUCHERY and misfits.

    The Sea, The Sea is my fave with The Bell a close second :disco:
     
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    The Sea, The Sea was the March book for the Moopy book club, but it seems to be cancelled due to Corona.
     
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    Any of mine would do the trick.

    I'm not one to blow my own horn, but I have been given one-star reviews on Goodreads by a homophobe that downvotes anything LGBTQ.

    My favourite (of my own) is my most recent one.

    Bitches by David Richards.

    The 'Lovely' Old Dears is another popular one, and it's free on Amazon until Wednesday to get you through those isolation blues.
     
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    Oh god i find it’s so beautifully written. The prose is so delicate. I never expected to like it at all, so it was a magnificent surprise. I will reread it again and again as the years go by, I’m quite sure.
     
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  28. Suedey

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    Sorry about that. I'll just push it back to April then.
     
  29. jivafox

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    I’ve got my copy primed and ready to go :disco:
     
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    No problem, I haven’t got my copy yet and been busy reading other books.
     
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    Oooooh - we're in the same secret facebook group
     
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    I liked this but it felt a bit dated.

    Intimacy Idiot - Isaac Oliver - funny short stories and essays about being gay in New York

    The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters - there are a few of her books that qualify but this one is my favorite
     
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  33. Chlammy

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    Just ordered these two and Giovanni's Room.

    Excited. :disco:
     
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  34. Suedey

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    My current top 3:

    1. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
    2. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
    3. Maurice by E.M. Forster

    Currently reading What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell.
     
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  35. Suedey

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    I forgot loads by the way. I love all of Edouard Louis' books (hi @jivafox ) bien sur - though I suppose some (maybe all?) are semi-autobiographical. History of Violence is my favourite of his.

    Years ago I read Blue Days, Black Nights: A Memoir of Desire by Ron Nyswaner (director of Philadelphia) and really enjoyed that too.

    Anyway, yeah, loads of queer lit I like.
     
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    I've heard of that - from here, I think, probably @Beverley or @RaspberrySwirl ? Must get round to reading it..
     
  37. jivafox

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    I ended up in Edouard Louis’ instagram stories today :disco: I’m BLESSED.
     
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    Not me, I think @Phoenix has read it.
     
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  39. Mats

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    and possibly @Dark Carnival. Mediterranean literature for Mediterranean people!
     
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    how? :o
     

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