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LGBTQ TOP ISSUERS

Take a look at the top 3 Fiction and Non-fiction reads in the last 12 months.

Top 3 Fiction

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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka

Colombo, 1990.

Maali Almeida, war photographer, gambler and closet gay, has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office. His dismembered body is sinking in the serene Beira lake and he has no idea who killed him.

At a time where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest. But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali.

He has seven moons to try and contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to a hidden cache of photos that will rock Sri Lanka.

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Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson

Hidden among us is a secret coven of witches. They are Her Majesty’s Royal Coven.

They protect crown and country from magical forces and otherworldly evil. But their greatest enemy will come from within. There are whisperings of a prophecy that will bring the coven to its knees, and five best friends are about to be caught at the centre.

Life as a modern witch was never simple – now it’s about to get apocalyptic.

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Double Booked by Lily Lindon

Georgina is a sensible 26-year-old with a routine: schedule dates with long-term boyfriend; teach piano to inept children; and repeat until dead. Perfect.

But when one night she deviates from her usual timetable and sees the indie lesbian pop band Phase, Georgina realises: she longs to play her own music again; she wants to be just like them; their drummer is really hot. Scared of losing her happy straight life, but feeling a new sense of belonging in the gay scene, she does does what any rational person would do: she splits herself in two.

She’ll be Gina by day, George by night. It’s going to take painstaking scheduling, a versatile wardrobe, and an ambiguous haircut, but maybe Georgina really can have both?

Top 3 Non-Fiction

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Oh Miriam! by Miriam Margolyes

From declaring my love to Vanessa Redgrave to being fed cockroaches by Steve Buscemi, from turnip-based comedy with ‘Blackadder’ to being farted on by Arnold Schwarzenegger, from Graham Norton’s sofa to Alan Cumming’s campervan, my life has been (and continues to be) a riotous adventure.

‘Oh Miriam!’ has been such a constant refrain in my life, said in all kinds of tones – laughs, surprised gasps and orgasmic sighs (I’m hoping for all those from you as you read on!) – that it had to be the title of this book.

And with a castlist that stretches from Churchill to di Caprio, Dahl to Dietrich, Princess Margaret to Maggie Smith, I’ve got so much more to tell you and so much more to say.

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JoJo Finally Home by Johannes Radebe: 11 issues

In 2019, Johannes Radebe became the first male dancer to perform in heels in Strictly Come Dancing history.

Two years on, he was part of only the second same-sex pair on the show, dancing with Great British Bake-Off winner, John Whaite and though they were runners up and the response from the UK public was overwhelmingly positive, Johannes still faced abuse that highlighted the continuing fight against homophobia and racism. For Johannes this instantly iconic dance was about more than just a tribute to voguing: it was Johanne’s coming out.

After that performance, Johannes flew home to South Africa to see his mum and had a conversation about his sexuality – the first they ever had. Johannes’ incredible rise to stardom through his dancing has led him to places he never thought possible, personally and professionally and now he is sharing his story up to now with the world.

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Love is Love by Ryan Payne and Matthew Mackinnon

As TikTok and social media stars, everyday Matthew and Ryan invite millions of people into their lives as a gay couple. From playing pranks to their adventures travelling, they are proud to share their love for each other (and their cute furbaby Roscoe) with the world.

For the LGBTQIA+ community, Matthew and Ryan are not only the fun-loving faces of social media – they’ve become the online agony uncles for a new generation, receiving countless messages from their followers looking for answers to so many questions including: When should I come out? And how? I’m worried my child will get bullied for being different. How can I protect them? My family don’t accept me. What should I do? I don’t know what I identify as. How can I figure it out?

Matthew and Ryan know it can be an emotional rollercoaster, and they are here to support and guide you every step of the way.

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