Category Archives: Best Fiction

A list of the best fiction good gay reads of all time

A Place Called Winter Review

A Place Called Winter
by Patrick Gale

A Place Called Winter is a rather romantic gay love story – though you wouldn’t know that from reading the back cover, or even from reading the first chapter of the book, unless you automatically assume that anyone undergoing immersion bath treatment in an asylum in the early 1900’s is doing so because they’re gay – which may be a safe enough assumption. Continue reading

Green Carnation Prize Short List



The Green Carnation prize short list is out.

Having to choose between the only two I’ve read, A Place Called Winter and Mrs Engels, my vote would go to Gavin McCrea for Mrs Engels.

There are a lot of similarities between the books as both are based on real life historical people and both books are told in the first person. In both cases the author fills in an interior personal life where the historical record is sketchy. The writing in each is a pleasure to read. Continue reading

The Great Gay American Novel?

A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara

I haven’t read it yet but it’s been short-listed for this year’s Man Booker and is already a best seller in the UK.

Could it be the Great Gay American Novel we’ve all been waiting for?   The Atlantic Monthly makes it’s case.  Spoiler alert.  Skip the third paragraph to avoid plot details.

Review of The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen
Michael Cunningham
Copyright 2014
pp. 256

The Snow Queen deals with adults who haven’t made it big, or even made it at all in their own eyes, and the dichotomy between that and how society traditionally defines success. The main characters are two adult brothers, Barrett and Tyler, living in present day New York City. Barrett is gay. Tyler is not. Continue reading

Review of Arctic Summer

Arctic Summer
Damon Galgut

Brilliant!  This should be on the top of the pile of books on your nightstand.

Not only is the writing clear and compelling but Galgut brings EM Forster to life as both a writer and a gay man trying to find love, companionship and his place in the world.

Arctic Summer refers to a real unfinished Forster manuscript but could as easily refer to the complicated relationships he has to the men he loves.  The story takes a little while to get going but stay with it.

Is it  a Good Gay Read? Yes, emphatically so.

Best Line: “I have loved,” he told them. “That is, I mean to say, lived.  In my own way.”

Number of shirtless men on the cover: None and it doesn’t need any.

Movie it makes you want to watch: A Room with a View

As always, I encourage you to support your local library or bookshop but if you are going to purchase it online then…