Reading List

The Book Group has been meeting monthly since May 2009, listed below in chronological order are all of the books which the group has discussed:


May: Tales of the city – Armistead Maupin

June: Regeneration – Pat Barker

July: A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham

August: Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin

September: Fire from Heaven – Mary Renault

October: Notes from an Exhibition – Patrick Gale

November: The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst

December: The Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt


January: Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood

February: The Gay Divorcee – Paul Burston

March: Mr Clive and Mr Page – Neil Bartlett

April: Separate Rooms – Pier Vittorio Tondelli

May: The Story of the Night – Colm Tóibín

June: At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill

July: To the Devil, a Diva – Paul Magrs

August: The Immoralist – Andre Gide

September: Close Range – Annie Proulx

October: The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White

November: The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks – Josh Lanyon

December: The City and the Pillar – Gore Vidal


January: The Twyborn Affair – Patrick White

February: Man’s World – Rupert Smith

March: Snow Hill – Mark Sanderson

April: Funny Boy – Shyam Selvadurai

May: The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

June: La Lacuna – Barbara Kingslover

July: Boxer, Beetle – Ned Beauman

August: A Streetcar named Desire – Tennessee Williams

September: 50 Reasons to Say “Goodbye” – Nick Alexander

October : Ever Fallen in Love – Zoe Strachan

November:  Flesh & Blood – Michael Cunningham

December:  My Lucky Star – Joe Keenan


January: Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story – Paul Monette

February: My Brother and His Brother – Hakan Lindquist

March: Gypsy Boy – Mikey Walsh

April: The Stranger’s Child – Alan Hollinghurst

May: Making History – Stephen Fry

June:  Forbidden Colours – Yukio Mishima

July: The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

August: Becoming Nancy – Terry Ronald

September: Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

October: The Gold Rimmed Spectacles – Giorgio Bassani

November: I’ve a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore – Ethan Morden

December:  The Policeman – Bethan Roberts


January: And the Land Lay Still – James Robertson

February: The Front Runner – Patricia Nell Warren

March: Cedilla – Adam Mars-Jones

April: Rory’s Boys – Alan Clark

May: The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly

June: Naked – David Sedaris

July: The Absolutist – John Boyne

August: Maggie and Me – Damian Barr

September: A Perfectly Good Man – Patrick Gale

October: Maurice – E.M. Forster

November: American Studies – Mark Merlis

December: Queer – William S. Burroughs


January: Fairy Tales: Traditional Stories Retold for Gay Men – Peter Cashorali

February: The Night Listener – Armistead Maupin

March: The Two Hotel Francforts – David Leavitt

April: Barracuda – Christos Tsiolkas

June: The Days of Anna Madrigal – Armistead Maupin

July: Moffie – Andre Carl Van Der Merwe

August: The Charioteer – Mary Renault

September: A Life In Three Acts – Mark Ravenshill and Bette Bourne

October: Jack Holmes and His Friend – Edmund White

November: Skin Lane – Neil Bartlett

December: Sottopassagio – Nick Alexander


January: The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

February: The Spell – Alan Hollinghurst

March:  London Triptych – Jonathan Kemp

April: Sweet Tooth – Yves Navarre

May: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon

June:  King of the Badgers – Philip Henscher

July: Homo Jihad – Timothy Graves

August: The Story of the Night – Colm Tóibín

September: Mapp and Lucia – E.F. Benson

October: Lord Cucumber and The Boy Hairdresser – Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell

November: The Girl who Just Appeared – Jonathan Harvey

December: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh – Michael Chabon


January: The Soul of Indiscretion: Tom Driberg, Poet, Philanderer, Legislator and Outlaw: His Life and Indiscretions – Frances Wheen

February: A Lovely Way to Burn: Plague Times Trilogy 1 – Louise Welsh

March: Hero – Perry Moore

April: Now Is the Hour –  Tom Spanbauer

May: The Prince’s Boy – Paul Bailey

June: Johnny Come Home – Jake Arnott

July: Equal Affections – David Leavitt

August: What Belongs to You – Garth Greenwell

September: Interlude – Rupert Smith

October: A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon

November: Guapa – Saleem Haddad


January: Young Tom – Forrest Reid

February: Clinch (A Harry Kvist Thriller) – Martin Holmén

March: Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green

April: Arctic Summer – Damian Galgut

May: My Name is N – Robert Karjel

June: Stars Cars and Crystal Meth – Jack Sutherland

July: Our Young Man – Edmund White

August: The End of Eddy – Eduoard Louis

September: The Men From The Boys: A Novel – William J. Mann

October: Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment – John Preston

November: Days Without End – Sebastian Barry


January: Holding – Graham Norton

February: The Green Road – Anne Enright

March: A Natural – Ross Raisin

April: The Good Son – Paul McVeigh

May: A Place Called Winter – Patrick Gale

June: Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was – Sjón

July: Good As You: From Prejudice to Pride – 30 Years of Gay Britain – Paul Flynn



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