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listed explore the lives and the literary lives of well-known
members of the LGBTIQ communities.
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Adam, Peter - David Hockney: And his friends
This book presents an analysis of the key developments in
Hockney's work over the past 30 years, and the chapters advance the
critical debate around his work. As part of the Outline series the
book draws attention to the artist's gay credentials.
Beard, Richard - Becoming Drusilla: One Life, Two Friends,
Richard Beard's friend Drew surprised him with the announcement
that he was going to have a sex change. This is the story of how
Drew became Dru, of a friendship, of a fortnight's walking holiday,
and of how what we think we know about ourselves, our friends, and
our families can turn out to be very, very wide of the mark.
Bennett, Alan - Untold stories
Includes all the major prose writings of the last 10 years,
including diaries, essays, reviews, lectures, eulogies and
Bret, David - Clark Gable: Tormented star
Clark Gable was perceived as the archetypal Hollywood
supermensch, the kind of man women lusted after and their
husbands envied. However, as David Bret reveals in this biography,
in the early days of his career Gable was more of a man's man than
a ladies man, displaying strong bisexual tendencies.
Butters, Wes & Davies, Russell - Kenneth Williams
Unseen: The private notes, scripts and photographs
2008 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary comic
actor and broadcaster Kenneth Williams. This text celebrates his
life, including never-before-seen photographs, sketches and
personal testimony from Williams' closest friends.
Crisp, Quentin (Editor) - The Gay and Lesbian Quotation
book: A literary companion
A chronological list of quotations documenting the change over
the past decade in "ideas of being gay". The quotes are grouped
into sections by subject: coming out, gayness, sexuality, beauty,
art and literature, education, separation and loneliness, religion,
employment and money and health.
Leavitt, David - The Man who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and
the invention of the computer
With a novelist's sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in
all his humanity - his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal
candour - while elegantly explaining his work and its
Madsen, Axel - The Sewing Circle: Hollywood's greatest
secret: Female stars who loved other women
This is the story of Hollywood women who led public lives as
romantic heroines, and private lives as lesbians or bisexuals.
Secretly known as the Sewing Circle, their number included Greta
Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, and Barbara Stanwyck.
McEwan, Douglas - My Lush Life
This is the laugh out loud, hard drinking, hard loving
'autobiography' of the greatest star who never lived. Now at the
tender age of 103, the one that put the 'tasteless bisexual,
alcoholic, nymphomaniac' in the word legend tells all to
ghost-writer and possible kidnap victim, Douglas McEwan.
McLellan, Diana - The Girls: Sappho goes to
Journalist Diana McLellan lifts the veil from the lives of
Hollywood's goddesses in this chronicle of the girl group of the
20th century. The book features the story of Garbo and Dietrich,
and the love life of Mercedes De Acosta.
O'Grady, Paul - At My Mother's Knee and other low
In his own uniquely acid tongue, Paul O'Grady traces the
hilarious tales of life in Irish Catholic Birkenhead that took him
from a virtuous altar-boy to Britain's best loved entertainer.
O'Grady, Paul - The Devil Rides Out
Aged 18, the young Paul O'Grady has already been a cat burglar
and a boxer, a mischievous altar boy and a civil servant, he's
fathered a baby and lost his own father, he's discovered
Liverpool's burgeoning gay club scene as well as the Docks... What
could there possibly be left to do? Rest assured, there's never a
dull moment in this riotous account of What Paul Did Next....
Parker, Peter - Isherwood: a life
Born into the English landed gentry, the heir to a substantial
country estate, Christopher Isherwood ended up in California, an
American citizen and the disciple of a Hindu swami. Peter Parker
traces the long journey of a man who never felt at home wherever he
Shephard, Sue - The Surprising Life of Constance
This is the story of Constance Spry, who began her life teaching
slum children and ended it creating the floral displays for the
coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Along the way, she escaped a
violent marriage, had a lengthy affair with a cross-dressing
lesbian artist and built a hugely successful business as a society
Spanbauer, Tom - In the City of Shy Hunters
William Parker moves from a small town in the mid-West to
Manhattan, desperate to escape the provincialism he has endured.
Once in New York, however, he is surrounded by people who
understand and accept his quirks, and he soon falls in love.
Watson, Peter - Nureyev : a biography
Nureyev was the greatest male dancer of his generation but was
also a great romantic star both on- and off-stage. In this book,
Peter Watson approaches Nureyev both as a ballet star of technical
genius and as a bisexual loner and political exile.
Wilson, Christopher - Dancing with the Devil: The Windsors
and Jimmy Donahue
Gay at a time when it was illegal, the Woolworth heir Jimmy
Donahue was notorious within America's upper class. When he met the
Duchess of Windsor, 19 years his senior, an attraction was formed
and the royal couple became obsessed by him.
Winterson, Jeanette - Why be happy when you could be
This book is the story of a life's work to find happiness. It is
the story of how the painful past Jeanette Winterson thought she
had written over and repainted returned to haunt her later life,
and sent her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of
her real mother.
Woods, Gregory - A History of Gay Literature: The male
A History of Gay Literature confronts recent trends in
Anglo-American gay studies, both by insisting on the
internationalisation of homosexual culture and by reasserting a
continuity of homo-erotic traditions over the centuries.