An IDAHOBIT reading list

 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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Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era

Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era

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

Going Postal: More Than ‘Yes’ or ‘No’

Quinn Eades, Son Vivienne

Throughout 2017 the queer and gender-diverse community of Australia undertook an incredible campaign of everyday activism around Marriage Equality. Individuals and collectives shared personal stories with their networks - from...

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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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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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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 On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a...

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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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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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How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't

How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don’t

Lane Moore

The former Sex & Relationships Editor for Cosmopolitan and host of the wildly popular comedy show Tinder Live with Lane Moore presents her poignant, funny, and deeply moving first book. Lane Moore is a rare performer who is as...

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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

Anne Lister was a wealthy Yorkshire heiress, a world traveller and an out lesbian during the Regency era - a time when it was difficult simply to be female. She wrote her diary in code derived from Ancient Greek, including details...

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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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Reckoning: A Memoir

Reckoning: A Memoir

Magda Szubanski

Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia's most beloved performers, tells her story

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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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 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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Milk Teeth

Milk Teeth

Rae White

Winner of the 2017 Thomas Shapcott Prize for Poetry.

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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 reviewWhere The Trees Were

Where The Trees Were

Inga Simpson

A beautiful novel about the innocence of childhood and the scars that stay with you for life, from the award-winning author of MR WIGG and NEST.

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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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The Monkey's Mask

The Monkey’s Mask

Dorothy Porter

The Monkey's Mask is a totally unique experience. It's poetry. It's a crime thriller. It's where high art meets low life, passion meets betrayal, and poetry faces profanity on the streets of a harsh modern city. Dorothy Porter's...

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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 reviewTerra Nullius

Terra Nullius

Claire G. Coleman

In the near future Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? A daring debut novel from the winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship.

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Holding the Man: Popular Penguins

Holding the Man: Popular Penguins

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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 Read reviewThe Raven Tower

The Raven Tower

Ann Leckie

A breathtaking fantasy of epic scope, from the multi-award-winning Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice.

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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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 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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Comfort Food

Comfort Food

Ellen Van Neerven

Following on from the success of her award-winning fiction debut, Heat and Light, Ellen van Neerven announces herself as a talented poet with this intoxicating collection. Moving between places and cultures, Comfort Food...

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The Lost Arabs

The Lost Arabs

Omar Sakr

Visceral and energetic, Omar Sakr's poetry confronts notions of identity and belonging head-on. Braiding together sexuality and divinity, conflict and redemption, The Lost Arabs is a seething, urgent collection from a distinct new...

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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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Bingo Love Volume 1

Bingo Love Volume 1

Tee Franklin, Jenn St. Onge, Joy San, Genevieve FT

BINGO LOVE is a touching story of love, family, and resiliency that spans over 60 years.

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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 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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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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Chasing the Light: A Novel of Antarctica

Chasing the Light: A Novel of Antarctica

Jesse Blackadder

A fictional recounting of the little - known true story of the first woman to ever set foot on Antarctica, and her extraordinary fight to get there. It's the early 1930s. Antarctic open - sea whaling is booming and a territorial...

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