Gay's the Word Shop Favourites: Jim's Picks

By Gay's The Word

By Gay's The Word

A selection of personal bookshop favourites by Jim MacSweeney, Manager of Gay's the Word. 

A Simple Scale

David Llewellyn

£9.99 £9.29

Gay fiction. A piece of music starts a story which will range across Soviet Russia, McCarthyite Hollywood and post 9/11 New York, as the mystery of the lives of two gay composers is uncovered. Wonderfully ambitious this is a compelling read.


Negar Djavadi

£8.99 £8.36

Winner of Le Prix du Roman News, Style Prize, Lire Best Debut Novel 2016, la Porte Dorée Prize Modern Iranian history, life in a big loving claustrophobic extended family, revolution and exile are just some of the themes in this magnificent novel which has a feisty lesbian narrator.

White Houses

Amy Bloom

£8.99 £8.36

'Irresistibly readable, fascinating material - Amy Bloom has written a remarkably intimate and yet informative novel of the (secret/scandalous) love of Eleanor Roosevelt and her longtime friend and companion Lorena Hickok, who relates the tale in her own, quite wonderful voice.' - Joyce Carol Oates

Out of the Shadows: The Psychology of Gay Men's Lives

Walt Odets

£10.99 £10.22

The Psychology of Gay Men's Lives. 'A gay man could read this book as if his life depended on it - and perhaps it does' - Andrew Holleran, author of Dancer from the Dance.

Last Bus to Everland

Sophie (Autor) Cameron

£7.99 £7.43

Discover Everland: a diverse magical place where everyone is accepted and the party never ends. The extraordinary YA follow up to Cameron's debut Out of the Blue. A complete delight. Set in working-class Glasgow you really root for the gay main character, this book is charming and gently done.

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

£17.98 £16.72

Featuring many extraordinary images from New York Public Library's archive by lesbian photographers Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies, this powerful collection captures the energy, humour and humanity of the ground-breaking protests that surrounded the Stonewall Riots and celebrates the diversity of the LGBT rights movement. A joy!

Against Memoir

Michelle Tea

£10.00 £9.30

An essay collection from queer counter-cultural icon, Michelle Tea. Fascinating, challenging, engaging – this book took me to new worlds and made me think in different ways. Couldn’t put it down! Winner of the 2019 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl

Andrea Lawlor

£8.99 £8.36

Transposing Virginia Woolf’s Orlando to '90s Iowa City and San Francisco, this novel of gender shape-shifting is a wild, sexy, funny and moving odyssey across queer culture. Amazing in so many different ways. Very queer. Everyone should read this!

Beneath the Streets

Adam Macqueen

£8.99 £8.36

When Jeremy Thorpe hired thugs to kill his ex-lover, they botched it. What if they had succeeded? 'A breathtaking, heartbreaking thriller' - Jake Arnott.

The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America

Eric Cervini

£27.99 £26.03

The Homosexual vs. The United States of America. New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Tthe secret history of the fight for gay rights that began a generation before Stonewall.

Cow Girl

Kirsty Eyre

£8.99 £8.36

When her father falls ill, Billie returns home to the Yorkshire dairy farm which she left behind for life in London. A funny, feelgood love story. Winner of the Comedy Women in Print Prize.