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LGBT+ History Month 2020

LGBT+ History Month 2020

4 February 2020

It’s LGBT+ History Month

A time to “educate out prejudice and make LGBT+ people visible in all their rich diversity”, as well as a great excuse (not that we needed one) to look at some of our newer LGBT+ books in the Calibre Library. So get ready to wrap your ears around these:

BOY ERASED by Garrard Conley 13136

The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was nineteen he was outed to his parents, and was forced to either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality, or risk losing family, friends and the God he had prayed to every day of his life.

DAYS WITHOUT END by Sebastian Barry 11707

Having signed up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and ultimately, the Civil War. Having fled terrible hardships they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see.

FRANKISSTEIN by Jeanette Winterson 13770

In Brexit Britain, young transgender doctor, Ry, is falling in love with Victor Stein, a professor leading the public debate around AI. In Phoenix, Arizona, a cryonics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically dead… but waiting to return to life. But the scene is set in 1816, when 19-year-old Mary Shelley writes a story about creating a non-biological life-form. What will happen when Homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet?


Anne Lister was remarkable. Fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her lesbian sexuality, she forged her own path in a society that had no language to define her. Historian Anne Choma draws from Anne's explosive diaries to recreate the life and times of one of the most fascinating figures of the 19th century.

THE LAURAS by Sara Taylor 12472

I was thirteen years old when ma pulled me out of bed, put me in the back of her car, and we left home and my dad with no explanations. As we made our way from Virginia to California, I learned who she was in her life-before-me and the secrets she had kept. But I couldn't forget the home we'd left behind, and just like my mother, I too had unfinished business

MR LOVERMAN BY Bernadine Evaristo 13733

Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant local character, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly the lover of his childhood friend, Morris. When his 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?

THE PAYING GUESTS by Sarah Waters 10280

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her unmarried daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.


Elton John is one of the biggest stars in the world, a man whose extraordinary career has resulted in timeless songs and sold-out world tours. But how did the sensitive boy from Pinner, become such an iconic figure? Philip Norman paints a frank but sympathetic portrait, and a vivid, perceptive, superbly researched account of a musical legend.