Books

With A Zero At Its Heart • Charles Lambert


150 pages • The Friday Project • May 22, 2014 [PB]
24 themed chapters, with 10 numbered paragraphs, and each paragraph with exactly 120 words, Charles Lambert’s With A Zero At Its Heart is searingly honest.

“One feels oneself in the safe hands of an honest artist and consummate storyteller.”

Arctic Summer • Damon Galgut


368 pages • Atlantic Books • March 06, 2014 [HB]
Damon Galgut’s remarkable novel Arctic Summer imagines the life of the great novelist E.M. Forster and the conflicts that led him to write A Passage to India.

“Forster knew when his great work had been completed, and the wonder in Damon Galgut’s Arctic Summer is that it enables the reader to feel both the triumph as well as the pain at the heart of this conflict. “

The Bexhill Missile Crisis • David Gee


224 pages • Paradise Press • February 26, 2014 [PB]
David Gee’s The Bexhill Missile Crisis is set at the start of Swinging ’60s, and looks at a crisis that explores how and why they started to swing.

“I do rather wonder if Gee is suggesting that sex and death somehow became inextricably linked in the 1960s as a result of the Crisis. It had certainly been so during the Second World War and there must have been a strong incentive to party like there was no tomorrow.”

The Days of Anna Madrigal • Armistead Maupin


288 pages • Doubleday • January 30, 2014 [HB]
The final Tales of the City, The Days of Anna Madrigal, is as glorious as its main character. It is filled with the heart, hope and compassion of its predecessors.

“Tales of the City is the most significant series in the literature of the post-liberation era, a lionhearted, optimistic ray of light that sees the world not only for its struggles but for its possibilities.”

The Pretty Gentleman • Max Fincher


370 pages • Max Fincher • 30 December, 2012 [PB]

Tim Bennett-Goodman found Fincher’s gay historical thriller thoroughly entertaining – an emotionally and intellectually engaging read.

“Set amongst the metropolitan circle of artists, collectors and cognoscenti of the early-19th century, this novel is not only obviously well-researched but it is also complex, intriguing and ingenious.”

True Story • Helen Humphreys


224 pages • Serpent’s Tail • 11 April, 2013 [PB]

True Story, by Helen Humphreys is a a poetic lament for the dead and especially for a loved-one lost far too early.

“… my grief is not that orderly, or that disciplined. It lopes ahead, stops short. I am not really able to contain it, merely follow where it leads.”

Art & Queer Culture • Catherine Lord & Richard Meyer (eds.)


424 pages • Phaidon Press Ltd • 1 April, 2013 [HB]

Art and Queer Culture is a beautifully produced & expertly written survey of the relationship between visual art & transgressive sexualities.

“Art and Queer Culture is an invaluable resource for anyone studying, or even just interested in, the history of transgressive sexualities and gender politics in the visual arts and Phaidon’s characteristically high quality production values make this a pleasure to read.”

Sketches of Spain • Federico Garcia Lorca


224 pages • Serif • 31 May, 2012 [PB]

Drawn and written when he was 17, Federico Garcia Lorca’s beautiful Sketches of Spain has been translated into English for the first time.

“Lorca’s murder by Nationalist gunmen during the Spanish Civil War at the age of 38 makes any reading of Lorca’s thoughts on death resonate with totemic force. His own body, never found or identified, has become part of the Spanish earth that he loved.”

Petite Mort • Beatrice Hitchman


329 pages • Serpent’s Tail • 7 March, 2013 [PB]

Petite Mort, by Beatrice Hitchman is a book that is by turns sensitive and coarse, gentle and brutal, beguiling and horrifying.

“This secretive ménage à trois, conducted in the claustrophobic atmosphere of the Durand’s grand but isolated home in the Bois de Boulogne on the outskirts of Paris, becomes stifling and, ultimately, destructive.”

Niv • Itamar S.N


248 pages • Wilkinson House • 1 December, 2012 [PB]

Two stories, a gay love story in 2011, and a straight love story in 1914. Yet what is it that connects the two?

“In one sense both stories are, to a greater or lesser degree, about forbidden love. The gay storyline in modern Tel Aviv is hardly transgressive in its context but, for the older man, Niv, it nonetheless brings about a mental collapse.”