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Books to enjoy during LGBT History Month 2019

20 February 2019

February is LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) History Month in the UK, a time to promote equality and diversity. This year the theme is peace, activism and reconciliation in the year marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, which provided the impetus for the formation of the Gay Liberation Front, and other civil rights groups campaigning for gay, lesbian and bisexual rights.

You can find out what’s going on in your area, as well as information packs and resource material on the LGBT History Month Website

Or why not enjoy one of the wide range of LGBT fiction available from the Calibre Library. Here are some suggestions to choose from:


The Whistle Stop Café provided good food and coffee, love, loyalty and the occasional murder. Mrs Cleo Threadgoode, 80-year-old resident of the Rose Terrace Nursing Home, remembers it all as she relates the story of her life.

THE LINE OF BEAUTY by Alan Hollinghurst  7185

Set in the 1980s, Nick Guest lodges with the Fedden family in London. Gerald Fedden has just entered Parliament and is hotly tipped as ministerial material. Nick is drawn into the Feddes’ world of 1980s’ hedonism whilst still pursuing his own obsession with beauty.

THE NEW WOMAN by Charity Norman  11569

Luke Livingstone is a respected solicitor, a father and grandfather, a pillar of the community. Yet Luke is struggling with an unbearable secret, and it's threatening to destroy him. But to continue living, he must become the person - the woman - he knows himself to be, whatever the cost.

THE NIGHT WATCH by Sarah Waters  9024

The story of four Londoners with a past: Kay, who drove an ambulance during the war and now restlessly wanders the streets in mannish clothes; clever, sweet Helen who harbours a painful secret; Viv, the glamour girl stubbornly loyal to her soldier lover, and; Duncan, an apparent innocent, who has his own demons to fight. Their lives and their secrets connect in sometimes startling ways.

ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT by Jeanette Winterson  2048

This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. A lesbian coming-of-age tale based on the author’s early life.

ORLANDO by Virginia Woolfe  5823

Orlando over the course of three centuries is transformed from a young Tudor nobleman to a twentieth century women, a woman who knows what it is to be a man. Arguably the first English Transgender novel.

A PLACE CALLED WINTER by Patrick Gale  11789

Harry Cane has always followed convention. Even the beginnings of a dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence - until the shock of discovery forces him to sign up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies, a world away from the golden suburbs of Edwardian England.

THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeleine Miller  12180

In the Ancient Greek court of King Peleus, word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, and his son Achilles must go to war in distant Troy. Achilles’ loyal friend Patroclus travels with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

THINGS A BRIGHT GIRL CAN DO by Sally Nicholls  12646

Through rallies and marches, in freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote. But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?

WHITE HOUSES by Amy Bloom  12858

In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor took up residence in the White House. With them went the celebrated journalist Lorena Hickok, a straight-talking reporter from South Dakota, whose passionate relationship with the idealistic, patrician First Lady would shape the rest of their lives. This is the story of Eleanor and Hick's hidden love, and of Hick's unlikely journey from her dirt-poor childhood to the centre of privilege and power.