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1844085155
Paperback:The well of loneliness:2008 Paperback
Author: Hall, Radclyffe
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Based on her own life, 'The Well of Loneliness' tells the story of Sir Philip and Lady Gordon and their daughter. It becomes apparent that she is not like other girls, and falls in love with another woman. General adult
Title series: Virago modern classics
xii, 496 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0140187995
Paperback:Just above my head:1994 Paperback
Author: Baldwin, James
Year: 1994
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
597 (Pbk)
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1786072394
Paperback:Here comes the sun:2017 Paperback
Author: Dennis-Benn, Nicole
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oneworld
Resource type: Physical
Note: At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman - fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves - must confront long-hidden scars. General adult
352 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Your silence will not protect you:2017 Paperback
Author: Lorde, Audre
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: Literature & languages
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Mixed format
Publisher: Silver Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is a collection of the essential essays and poems of Audre Lorde, including the classic 'The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House'. A trailblazer in intersectional feminism, Lorde's luminous writings have inspired a new generation of thinkers and writers charged by the Black Lives Matter movement. Her lyrical and incisive prose takes on sexism, racism, homophobia, and class; reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope that remain ever-more trenchant today. Also a celebrated poet, Lorde was New York State Poet Laureate until her death; her poetry and prose together produced an aphoristic and incomparably quotable style, as evidenced by her constant presence on many Women's Marches against Trump across the world. General adult
xii, 227 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0349421196
Paperback:When Katie met Cassidy:2018 Paperback
Author: Perri, Camille
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Katie Daniels, a 28-year-old Kentucky transplant with a strong set of traditional values, has just been dumped by her fiancé when she finds herself seated across a negotiating table from native New Yorker Cassidy Price, a sexy, self-assured woman wearing a man's suit. At first neither of them knows what to make of the other, but soon their undeniable connection will bring into question everything each of them thought they knew about sex and love. General adult
264 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Release:2018 Paperback
Author: Ness, Patrick
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Today will change Adam Thorn's life. Between his religious family, unpleasant boss and his ex-boyfriend, the bindings of his world are coming undone. And way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake. Is there time for Adam to find his release? Teenagers
286 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:The sealed letter:2012 Paperback
Author: Donoghue, Emma
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: Historical novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Emily 'Fido' Faithfull hasn't seen her friend Helen for years. After bumping into her on the streets of Victorian London, Fido finds herself reluctantly helping Helen to have an affair with a young army officer. The women's friendship quickly unravels - and the appearance of a mysterious sealed letter could destroy more than one life. General adult
475 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Really gripping!
26/02/18
pippa harris
1786495252
Paperback:Call me by your name:[2017] Paperback
Author: Aciman, André
Year: [2017]
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in This is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blooms between 17-year-old Elio and his father's house guest, Oliver, during a restless summer on the Italian Riviera. What grows from the depths of their souls is a romance of scarcely six weeks' duration, and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. General adult
248 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Amazing book. Watched the movie first but prefer the book over it. Would love to reread it again.
20/10/18
Sidra Styles
0099422034
Paperback:Sacred country:2002 Paperback
Author: Tremain, Rose
Year: 2002
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the most distinguished of Rose Tremain's novels, which include The Swimming Pool Season and The Cupboard. Set in the US and England, beginning in 1952, the book tells of a girl who wants to be a boy, and a boy who wants to be a singer. General adult James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Prix Femina Etranger
vi, 365 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099470489
Paperback:The bell:2004:New ed Paperback
Author: Murdoch, Iris
Year: 2004
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New ed
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Iris Murdoch's funny and sad novel is about religion, the fight between good and evil and the terrible accidents of human frailty. General adult
Title series: Vintage classics
xv, 315 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Never anyone but you:2019 Paperback
Author: Thomson, Rupert
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corsair
Resource type: Physical
Note: A small city in western France, the early 1900s. Suzanne, a shy 17-year-old with a rare talent for drawing, is entranced by brilliant but troubled Lucie, the daughter of a Jewish newspaper magnate, and the two young women embark on a clandestine love affair. Suffocated by provincial convention and the restrictions of their gender, Lucie and Suzanne reinvent themselves as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore and move to Paris. Before too long, they are mixing in the most glamorous social circles, meeting everyone from Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dalí to Andre Breton. Moreover, they are producing surrealist photographs of great power and strangeness. As World War Two looms, they leave Paris for Jersey, and it is here that they confront their destiny, dreaming up a campaign of propaganda against Hitler's occupying forces that places them both in great danger. General adult
344 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099539799
Paperback:The green road:2016 Paperback
Author: Enright, Anne
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she's decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for one last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold. General adult
309 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Reading Group review. Generally not a book that was found to be enjoyable, and we wouldn't therefore recommend it. BUT we are aged between 71 and 82, so perhaps a younger audience might have a different viewpoint?
12/10/17
Reading Group Shropshire
0330483218
Paperback:The line of beauty:2004 Paperback
Author: Hollinghurst, Alan
Year: 2004
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Picking up at the point in time where 'The Swimming-Pool Library' left off. Nick Guest has moved into the attic room of the Feddens: Gerald, a Tory MP, his wife Rachel and their children Toby and Catherine. The troubled Catherine soon becomes Nick's friend and uneasy responsibility. Originally published: 2004
300p ; 200mm (pbk)
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Paperback:Less:2018 Paperback
Author: Greer, Andrew Sean
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Less' is the story of a 49-year-old writer, Arthur Less, who learns that his former boyfriend is about to get married. To avoid the wedding and heartbreak, he decides to embark on a trip around the world, accepting invitations to a series of half-baked lectures and literary events. From almost falling in love in Paris, almost falling to death in Berlin, to booking himself as the (only) writer on a residency in India, and an encounter in a desert with the last person on earth he wishes to see, 'Less' is a novel about missteps, misunderstanding and mistakes. General adult
261 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Amusing but eventually tiringly so, if that is possible.
24/01/20
twilightsparkle
1408821982
Paperback:The song of Achilles:2012 Paperback
Author: Miller, Madeline
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: Historical novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is a breathtakingly original rendering of the Trojan War - a devastating love story and a tale of gods and kings, immortal fame and the human heart. General adult
352 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Didn't get chance to read this, before it was requested by another person.
24/08/20
Mark Varney
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Paperback:Tales of the city:2004 Paperback
Author: Maupin, Armistead
Year: 2004
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Title series: Tales of the City
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Paperback:The essential dykes to watch out for:2009 Paperback
Author: Bechdel, Alison
Year: 2009
Language: English
Interest category: Graphic books
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: Alison Bechdel chronicled the lives of a small universe of cartoon characters in her strip 'Dykes to Watch Out For', which is syndicated in 50 alternative newspapers in the USA and has been published in 11 volumes. This book gathers the best of those volumes, together with 60 of the newest strips. General adult
xviii, 392 p., chiefly ill. ; 24 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Mr Loverman:2013 Paperback
Author: Evaristo, Bernardine
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Barrington Jedidiah Walker is 74 and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the 60s. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly homosexual, lover to his great childhood friend, Morris. His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away? General adult
306 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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I loved this book! Evaristo's writing is so engaging and easy to read, yet it carries almost a poetic rhythm to it that allows you to appreciate how well crafted a novel it is. All the characters in this book are deeply flawed and complex so while I laughed at Barry's outrageous commentary on his wife's friends in one moment, I was angered by his sexism and toxic masculinity in the next! His life partner Morris was my favourite character and while the novel explores some important themes of cultural and religious indoctrinated homophobia, racism, gender politics and gentrification, it does so with such a light touch and an abundance of humour, wrapping everything up in a very satisfying ending!
10/08/20
Carly Robinson
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Paperback:Tipping the velvet:1999 Paperback
Author: Waters, Sarah
Year: 1999
Language: English
Interest category: Historical novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Tipping the Velvet' is a wonderfully lush, sensous and bawdy novel set in the music halls of the late 19th century. Nan gets to meet her heroine, Kitty, a male impersonator. The two begin a double act, and their affection for each other deepens. General adult
Title series: A Virago V
472 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Fingersmith:2003 Paperback
Author: Waters, Sarah
Year: 2003
Language: English
Interest category: Historical novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Set in 1860s London, this is the story of Susan, a pickpocket who is persuaded to pose as a lady's maid and infiltrate the house of a young heiress. This novel explores the nature of identity and what people do with disguise. General adult
548 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Under the udala trees:2017 Paperback
Author: Okparanta, Chinelo
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Granta
Resource type: Physical
Note: One day in 1968, at the height of the Biafran civil war, Ijeoma's father is killed and her world is transformed forever. Separated from her grief-stricken mother, she meets another young lost girl, Amina, and the two become inseparable. Theirs is a relationship that will shake the foundations of Ijeoma's faith, test her resolve and flood her heart. In this masterful novel of faith, love and redemption, Okparanta takes us from Ijeoma's childhood in war-torn Biafra, through the perils and pleasures of her blossoming sexuality, her wrong turns, and into the everyday sorrows and joys of marriage and motherhood. As we journey with Ijeoma we are drawn to the question: what is the value of love and what is the cost? General adult
328 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Patsy:2020 Paperback
Author: Dennis-Benn, Nicole
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oneworld
Resource type: Physical
Note: For Patsy, a visa to America is her ticket to freedom, a passport to the 'land of opportunity'. She yearns to be reunited with Cicely, her oldest friend and secret lover, but her plans do not include her religious mother or even her young daughter, Tru. As Patsy struggles to survive as an undocumented migrant, Tru grapples with her own questions of identity and sexuality. Can she ever understand, or even forgive, her mother's decision to leave? General adult
426 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099935708
Paperback:Oranges are not the only fruit:1991 Paperback
Author: Winterson, Jeanette
Year: 1991
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Innovative in style, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession. General adult Whitbread First Novel Award 1985
xv, 171 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Alice isn't dead:2019 Paperback
Author: Fink, Joseph, (Fiction writer)
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Resource type: Physical
Note: Keisha Lewis mourned the loss of her wife, Alice, who disappeared two years ago. There was a search, there was grief beyond what she thought was possible. There was a funeral. But then Keisha began to see her wife, again and again, in the background of news reports from all over America. Alice isn't dead. And she is showing up at the scene of every tragedy in the country. Keisha shrugs off her old life and hits the road as a trucker - hoping on some level that travelling the length of the country will lead her to the person she loves. What she finds are buried crimes and monsters (both human and unimaginable), government conspiracies, haunted service stations and a darkness far older than the highway system it lies beneath. General adult
322 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0008166102
Hardback:The night brother:2017 Hardback
Author: Garland, Rosie
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: The Borough Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Rich are the delights of late nineteenth-century Manchester for young siblings Edie and Gnome. They bicker, banter, shout and scream their way through the city's streets, embracing its charms and dangers. But as the pair grow up, it is Gnome who revels in the night-time, while Edie wakes exhausted each morning, unable to quell a sickening sense of unease, with only a dim memory of the dark hours. Confused and frustrated at living a half-life, she decides to take control, distancing herself from Gnome once and for all. But can she ever be free from someone who knows her better than she knows herself? General adult
376 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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