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BOOK REVIEW:The Enemy Within by Adam Macqueen

August 21, 2022

The Enemy Within’ is a cracking read,a gripping thriller and complex real Queer love story, of men struggling to be honest and real enough to grab love when it’s there, an adventure racked with radical threat and emotional trauma, a tender self-realisation story as Alex matures and understands himself and his family more, an on-point political history of a violent time of huge change,  and a stonking good who-dunnit and who-dunn-what.

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REVIEW: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune 

November 18, 2021

It’s about people finding ways to make the most of the time they have, and finding the power to enable themselves to change, and love being worth the risk of huge change.  Throw in a ghost doggy, an impish spectral Grandad and a rather swish tearoom at the end of existence and this is an uplifting, inspirational tale, shot through with a solid gold sea of Queer love,  guaranteed to bring a smile, even to the hardest of hearts -like mine.

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REVIEW: ‘In the Dream House’ by Carmen Maria Machado

November 5, 2021

The book is astounding, but with its clarion call of authentic experience it shows us the author not only growing stronger in a world determined to undermine and destroy, but learning, navigating and finally breaking free to document, share and convince. Machado redefines what a memoir can be and gives us a new kind of personal narrative, showing that literature transcends and transforms experience, and that is what it is for. It reminded me of ‘By Grand Central Station I Laid down and Wept’ and you don’t get a better recommendation that that.

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REVIEW: BI THE WAY by Lois Shearing

September 4, 2021

Shearing examines difficult subjects with a deft clarity of purpose, affirming and platforming real people’s experience throughout. It’s an engaging read, and if your head it turned by all sorts of folk, and your pulse quickened then the book supports an honest self-exploration of what that can mean and the delights, adventures and life changing experiences you can expect.

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