A reading list for Pride month

 Read reviewThe Nancys

The Nancys

R.W.R. McDonald

A schoolgirl and her uncle and his boyfriend have two weeks to solve a murder in a small town style forgot...

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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Andrea Lawlor

Transposing Virginia Woolf's Orlando to 90s San Francisco, this novel of transgender metamorphosis is a wild, sexy, funny and moving story of living on the edge.

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The Stonewall Reader

The Stonewall Reader

Jason Baumann, Edmund White

For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it.

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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Mariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

From This One Summer co-creator Mariko Tamaki comes a hilarious and poignant story of teen heartbreak and friendship.

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The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Jen Wang

Prince Sebastian has a secret. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia. Sebastian's secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances. But how long can Frances...

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 Special price Read reviewFrankissstein: A Love Story

Frankissstein: A Love Story

Jeanette Winterson

A radical love story for right now, from 'one of the most gifted writers working today' (New York Times) 

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Bad Feminist

Bad Feminist

Roxane Gay

Takes us through the journey of author's evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state...

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original - poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Patricia Highsmith

Ripley wanted out. Wanted money, success - the good life. Was willing to kill for it. . . . . . . . He is struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors when a chance acquaintance offers him a free trip to Europe. When his...

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Giovanni's Room

Giovanni’s Room

James Baldwin, Caryl Phillips

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, this title presents a story of a fated love triangle that explores the conflicts between desire, conventional morality and sexual identity.

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 Read reviewWill Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green, David Levithan

Will Grayson: What if your friend started writing a musical about your life... and made you look like a joke? What if the girl you weren't interested in started being interested in you? And who is this other guy called Will...

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 Read reviewSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon,...

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Tipping The Velvet

Tipping The Velvet

Sarah Waters

Nan is captivated by the music hall phenomenon that is Kitty Butler, a male impersonator extraordinaire treading the boards in Canterbury. Through a friend at the box office, Nan manages to visit all her shows and finally meet...

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Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, and Criticisms

Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, and Criticisms

Michelle Tea

A queer countercultural icon divulges on all things artistic, romantic, and neurotic in this collection of essays.

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Songs that sound like Blood

Songs that sound like Blood

Jared Thomas

Roxy May Redding's got music in her soul and songs in her blood. She lives in a hot dusty town and is dreaming big. She survives run-ins with the mean girls at...

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 Read reviewFinding Nevo

Finding Nevo

Nevo Zisin

Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer.

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Holding the Man

Holding the Man

Timothy Conigrave

At an all-boys school in Melbourne, Timothy Conigrave falls wildly and sweetly in love with the captain of the football team. So begins a relationship that weathers disapproval, separation and, ultimately, death. This book...

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They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

Adam Silvera

From the bestselling author of History is All You Left Me comes another unforgettable story of life, loss and making each day count

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Freshwater

Freshwater

Akwaeke Emezi

As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves - now protective, now hedonistic - seize control of Ada, her life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction. Narrated from the perspectives of the various selves...

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 Read reviewBodies of Men

Bodies of Men

Nigel Featherstone

A beautifully evocative tale of two men whose lives are brought together in tragedy - for lovers of books by Kevin Powers and Sebastian Barry.

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I Dont Understand How Emotions Work

I Dont Understand How Emotions Work

Fury

I Don't Understand How Emotions Work is an experimental graphic memoir that questions the legitimacy of identity, memory and emotion.

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Sexing the Cherry

Sexing the Cherry

Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson's voice is startlingly original, and her imaginative feats are utterly dazzling'Cosmopolitan'Her stories and characters levitate off the page into dancing life... A bold, bizarre and timely...

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Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

Michael Earp, Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G. Coleman, Benjamin Law, Christos Tsiolkas

A ground-breaking collection of YA short stories by 12 of Australia's finest writers from the LGBTQIA+ community. What does it mean to be queer? 

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 Read reviewMore Than This

More Than This

Patrick Ness

A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones...

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Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ + Culture

Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ + Culture

Amelia Abraham

Queer Intentions provides the ultimate exploration of the joys and pains of being LGBTQ+ in the West at a time when queer culture has never been so mainstream.

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Samantha Irby

In this painfully funny collection, Samantha Irby captures powerful emotional truths while chronicling the rubbish bin she calls her life.   

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The House of Impossible Beauties

The House of Impossible Beauties

Joseph Cassara

A gritty and gorgeous debut inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning

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Crimson

Crimson

Niviaq Korneliussen

'One of the Top Ten Nordic fiction books' - Sjon, Guardian; 'A work of a striking modern sensibility' - New Yorker

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 Read reviewGaysia: Adventures in the Queer East

Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognise same-sex marriage. As the child of migrants, though, he also wonders how different...

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 Read reviewEvery Day

Every Day

David Levithan

Can you love someone who is destined to change each day? Every morning, A wakes in a different person's body. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed....

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Go Tell it on the Mountain

Go Tell it on the Mountain

James Baldwin, Andrew O'Hagan

Presents a semi-autobiographical exploration of the troubled life of the Grimes family in Harlem during the Depression.

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 Read reviewHer Body And Other Parties

Her Body And Other Parties

Carmen Maria Machado

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 Read reviewLook Who's Morphing

Look Who’s Morphing

Tom Cho

This is a collection of stories about transformation, with the storyteller and his family shifting through identities drawn from comics, video games, daytime TV, porn flicks and movies, in fantasies of sexual and physical power.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel

Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Alison Bechdel

Meet the author's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high-school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted...

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Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson

A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns. 

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The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Sabina Khan

A timely and honest coming-of-age story that explores the complicated relationship between identity, culture, family, and love.

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Welcome to Orphancorp (Orphancorp Trilogy, Book 1)

Welcome to Orphancorp (Orphancorp Trilogy, Book 1)

Marlee Jane Ward

A sharp-edged semi-futuristic riff about a rebellious teenager's last week at an industrial orphanage.

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 Read reviewBarracuda

Barracuda

Christos Tsiolkas

Daniel Kelly, a talented young swimmer, has one chance to escape his working-class upbringing. His astonishing ability in the pool should drive him to fame and fortune, as well as his revenge on the rich boys at the private school...

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 Read reviewHeat and Light

Heat and Light

Ellen Van Neerven

In this award-winning work of fiction, Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real. Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique,...

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The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House

The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House

Audre Lorde

This 1915 work exhibits the distinct prose style and thought-provoking experimental techniques for which its author is famous. One of Stein's most accessible and influential works.

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 Read reviewCedar Valley

Cedar Valley

Holly Throsby

From the author of the bestselling novel, Goodwood, comes a compelling mystery set deep within the hearts of Cedar Valley and its inhabitants.  

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 Read reviewAttraction

Attraction

Ruby Porter

The present reckons with the past in Attraction, Ruby Porter's atmospheric debut novel.

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Burial Rites

Burial Rites

Hannah Kent

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, and...

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Bloom

Bloom

Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau

A young adult graphic novel about two young men fall for each other in the bakery where they both work.

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 Read reviewNight Swimming

Night Swimming

Steph Bowe

Night Swimming is a love story with a twist, and a whole lot of heart. Imagine being the only two seventeen-year-olds in a small town. That's life for Kirby Arrow-named after the most dissenting judge in Australia's history-and...

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The Flywheel

The Flywheel

Erin Gough

Seventeen-year-old Delilah's crazy life is about to get crazier. Ever since her father took off overseas, she's been struggling to run the family's cafe - The Flywheel - without him and survive high school. But after a misjudged...

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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Alexander Chee

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is Alexander Chee's exploration of the entangling of life, literature and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him.

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The Sign on Rosie's Door

The Sign on Rosie’s Door

Maurice Sendak

If you want to know a secret, knock three times Join the imaginative Rosie and her friends in this humourous and insightful celebration of the power of the imagination by the creator of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.

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Ida

Ida

Alison Evans

Ida is an intelligent, diverse and entertaining novel that explores love, loss and longing, and speaks to the condition of an array of overwhelming, and often illusory, choices.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Saenz

This Printz Honor Book is a tender, honest exploration of identity (Publishers Weekly) that distils lyrical truths about family and friendship.

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What If It's Us

What If It’s Us

Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli

From bestselling authors Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda which was made into the film Love, Simon) and Adam Silvera (They Both Die At The End) comes a New York love story with a difference...

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 Read reviewThe Sidekicks

The Sidekicks

Will Kostakis

The relationship between three very different teen boys changes as they mourn the death of their mutual best friend, in this heart-wrenching story from an award-winning Australian author about grief, self-discovery and the...

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Less

Less

Andrew Sean Greer

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, Less is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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 Read reviewCaptive Prince (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 1)

Captive Prince (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book 1)

C. S. Pacat

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a...

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Blakwork

Blakwork

Alison Whittaker

 Alison Whittaker's Blakwork is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge; an incomprehensible loss, and the poet's fearless examination of the present.

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How it Feels to Float

How it Feels to Float

Helena Fox

A stunning, profound, deeply hopeful portrayal of living with mental illness and grief, from an exceptional new voice in YA. 

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Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name

Andre Aciman

The novel that inspired the major motion picture. Released in Autumn 2017, the glittering team behind last year's cinematic sensation, A Bigger Splash, brings you a sultry, sensual film of obsession and desire.

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The Summer Book

The Summer Book

Tove Jansson, Esther Freud

An elderly artist and her six-year-old grand-daughter are away on a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. As the two learn to adjust to each other's fears, whims and yearnings, a fierce yet understated love...

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 Read reviewAn Uncertain Grace

An Uncertain Grace

Krissy Kneen

From one of Australia's most daring literary voices, An Uncertain Grace is a moving, insightful and imaginative exploration of gender and sexual politics.

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Eyes Too Dry

Eyes Too Dry

Alice Chipkin, Jessica Tavassoli

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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Liz Prince

A novel about refusing gender boundaries, yet unwittingly embracing gender stereotypes at the same time, and realizing later in life that you can be just as much of a girl in jeans and a T-shirt as you can in a pink tutu.

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 Read reviewAmelia Westlake

Amelia Westlake

Erin Gough

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Honor Girl

Honor Girl

Maggie Thrash

Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She's from Atlanta, she's never kissed a guy, she's into...

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Going Postal: More Than 'Yes' or 'No'

Going Postal: More Than ‘Yes’ or ‘No’

Quinn Eades, Son Vivienne

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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel with a new introductory letter from Alice Walker.

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Milk Teeth

Milk Teeth

Rae White

Winner of the 2017 Thomas Shapcott Prize for Poetry.

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Spinning

Spinning

Tillie Walden

Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

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Law School: Sex and relationship advice from Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang

Law School: Sex and relationship advice from Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang

Benjamin Law, Jenny Phang

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The Brightsiders

The Brightsiders

Jen Wilde

After being labelled the music world's newest celebrity trainwreck, a bisexual teen drummer has to find a way to be true to herself in the midst of family betrayal, relationship drama and the ever-present paparazzi attention.

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The Lost Arabs

The Lost Arabs

Omar Sakr

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 Read reviewGirl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis

Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis

Ali Smith

In Girl Meets Boy Ali Smith reinterprets the Myth of Iphis, the girl who became a boy, as a brilliant hybrid of satire and romantic comedy. This is a warm, funny, subversive romp through the murky hinterland of...

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My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches

My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches

David Marr

David Marr is the rarest of breeds: one of Australia's most unflinching, forensic reporters of political controversy, and one of its most subtle and eloquent biographers. In Marr's hands, those things we call reportage and...

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Love and Resistance:

Love and Resistance:

Roxane Gay, Jason Baumann, Kay Tobin Lahusen, Diana Davies

These indelible images are among the hundreds housed in the New York Public Library's archive of photographs of LGBT history from photojournalists Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies.

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Afterglow: A Dog Memoir

Afterglow: A Dog Memoir

Eileen Myles

An innovative examination of love and loss from 'a kick-ass counter-cultural icon' (New Yorker).

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 Read reviewHighway Bodies

Highway Bodies

Alison Evans

Highway Bodies is a unique zombie apocalypse story featuring a range of queer and gender non-conforming teens who have lost their families and friends and can only rely upon each other.

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 Read reviewThe Family Law (TV Tie-In)

The Family Law (TV Tie-In)

Benjamin Law

Meet the Law family - eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humorist. Join him as he tries to answer some puzzling questions: why won't his Chinese dad wear...

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 Read reviewThis Brutal House

This Brutal House

Niven Govinden

A timely queer protest novel set in the drag ball community of New York City, from a Green Carnation Prize-shortlisted author

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 Read reviewMullumbimby

Mullumbimby

Melissa Lucashenko

A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare from one of Australia's most admired Indigenous voices. When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping...

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Gentleman Jack: A biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist

Gentleman Jack: A biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist

Katy Derbyshire, Angela Steidele

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