The Library is open

As Reading is fundamental I wanted some LGBTQ+ fiction recommendations for my latest rainbow badges and knew just where to turn, Twitter. It did not disappoint and here I count down the top 15 suggestions. You can find the pins they inspired here and here.


Book descriptions and ratings are taken from Good Reads.

15 The Swimming-Pool Library (1988)

by Alan Hollinghurst

★★★★☆ (7,853 ratings)

The Swimming-Pool Library is an enthralling, darkly erotic novel of homosexuality before the scourge of AIDS; an elegy, possessed of chilling clarity, for ways of life that can no longer be lived with impunity. "Impeccably composed and meticulously particular in its observation of everything" (Harpers & Queen), it focuses on the friendship of two men: William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, an old Africa hand, searching for someone to write his biography and inherit his traditions.


Suggested by: @Fortunado82 @aidanrobson



14 Orlando (1928)

by Virginia Woolf

★★★★☆ (50,086 ratings)

The novel opens as Orlando, a young nobleman in Elizabeth's England, awaits a visit from the Queen and traces his experience with first love as England under James I lies locked in the embrace of the Great Frost. At the midpoint of the novel, Orlando, now an ambassador in Constantinople, awakes to find that he is now a woman, and the novel indulges in farce and irony to consider the roles of women in the 18th and 19th centuries. As the novel ends in 1928, a year consonant with full suffrage for women. Orlando, now a wife and mother, stands poised at the brink of a future that holds new hope and promise for women.

Suggested by:

@HannahJMcGill @Sarahimplicated



13 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985)

by Jeanette Winterson

★★★★☆ (50,728 ratings)

This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts.

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