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. 


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 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


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.

Cow Girl

Kirsty Eyre

£9.99 £9.29

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.

Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s-1950s

Neal Treadwell and Hugh Nini

£52.00 £48.36

Loving portrays the history of romantic love between men in hundreds of astonishingly tender, found photographs. An until-now-unpublished collection of hundreds of snapshots, portraits and group photos, these extraordinary images were unearthed at flea markets, in shoe boxes, family archives, old suitcases, and later online and at auctions. These vintage photos come from all over the world, but are unified by the unguarded intimacy of their subjects: men leaning into each other, gently holding each other, fingers gently entwined. The love and the breathtaking defiance that love represents captivates completely and seems to transcend time. Beyond beautiful, beyond special! An extraordinary collection of photographs of men together - tender and intimate. Sumptuous volume.

The House in the Cerulean Sea

Travis Klune

£8.99 £8.36

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place-and realizing that family is yours.

The Whale Tattoo

Jon Ransom

£9.99 £9.29

When a giant sperm whale washes up on the local beach and tells Joe Gunner that death will follow him wherever he goes. Joe knows that the place he needs to go is back home. Having stormed out two years ago, it won't be easy, nor will returning to the river alongside the house where words ripple beneath the muddy black water washing up all sorts of memories and disturbing prophesies. Joe turns to his sister, Birdee, the only person who has ever listened. But she can't help him, she drowned two years earlier, even though he still talks to her as if she never went away. Then there's Tim Fysh. A local fisherman and longtime lover. But reviving their bond is not without trouble. He tells himself that the whale's prediction is wrong. But the river is relentless.

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