Books we have read previously

(*** we voted our best book of the year)

2005
November Maurice – E. M. Foster

2006
January The story of the Night – Coim Toibin
February 50 Reasons to say Goodbye – N. Alexander
March The Folding Star – A. Hollinghurst
April Running with Scissors – A. Burroughs
May Gents – W. Collins
June Shiva and Arun – P. Parivaraj
July Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
August? The Way We Are Now – ed. Ben Summerskill
September Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
October Dorian – Will Self
November The Night Watch – Sara Waters
December The Liar – Stephen Fry

2007
January City of Night – J. Rechy
February Wrong Rooms – Mark Sanderson
March Mr. Norris Changes Trains– C. Isherwood; Goodbye to Berlin 
April Strange Meeting – Susan Hill
May Johnny Come Home – M. Arnott
June The Back Passage – J. Lear
July Orange Bitter Orange Sweet – Anthony McDonald
September The Talented Mr. Ripley – P. Highsmith
October Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller
November Hotel de Dream – Edmund White
December Conundrum – Jan Morris

2008
January “Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud”  by Shaun Considine
February Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx
March Two Gentlemen Sharing by William Corlett
April A Density of Souls – Christopher Rice
May Mapp and Lucia – E. Benson
June Other Voices, Other Rooms – Truman Capote
July Notes on an Exhibition – P. Gale
September The Charioteer by Mary Renault
October Forbidden Colours by Yukio Mishima and A.H. Marks
November Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar by Coim Toibin
December  Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

2009
January Flesh and Blood – M. Cunningham
February Born to be Gay – William G. Naphy
March At Swim Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill ***
April Strange Boy – Paul Magrs
May Yacoubian Building
June One Hot Summer in St.Petersburg by Duncan Fallowell
July Cleopatra’s Wedding Present: Travels Through Syria by Robert Tewdwr Moss
August Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman
September The Devil’s Paintbrush by Jake Arnott
October Skin Lane by Neil Bartlett ***
November The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer by David Leavitt
December Moab is My Washpot by Stephen Fry

2010
January The Fatal Englishman: Three Short Lives by Sebastian Faulks
February De Profundis, Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Writings (Wordsworth Classics) by Oscar Wilde
March Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins by Rupert Everett
April Our Lady of the Flowers – Jean Genet
May The Persian Boy by Mary Renault
June Now is the Hour by Tom Spanbauer
July A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
August Pulp Friction by Michael Bronski
September Probation by Tom Mendicino
October The Page Turner – D. Leavitt
November More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
December By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

2011
January Sellevision: A Novel by Augusten Burroughs
February Pilcrow by Adam Mars-Jones
March The Spell by Alan Hollinghurst
April The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World by Alan Down
May Hero Perry Moore
June In Search of Lost Time: The Way by Swann’s: The Way by Swann’s Vol 1 (In Search of Lost Time 1) Marcel Proust
July The History Boys Alan Bennett ***
August Mysterious Skin Scott Heim
September Enemy of the Good, The Michael Arditti
October London Triptych Jonathan Kemp
November Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill
December Vincent River (Modern Plays) by Philip Ridley

2012
January While England Sleeps by David Leavitt
February West End Front by Matthew Sweet
March My Night With Reg by Kevin Elyot
April The Book Of Salt – Monique Truong
May The Swimming Pool Library Alan Hollinghurst
June Crystal Boys – Hsien-yung  ***
July Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? – Jeanette Winterson
August Gay West Civil Society, Community and Lgbt History in Bristol and Bath, 1970 to 2010 Robert Howes
September The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
October Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
November The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
December Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon

2013
January In One Person John Irving
February The Lure Felice Picano
March The Facts of Life Patrick Gale
April Salvation Army Abdellah Taïa ***
May History of a Pleasure Seeker – Richard Mason
June Disturbance – Jamie O’Neill
July The Heat of the Sun – David Rain **
August The Sweet Dove Died Barbara Pym
September Twentysix by Jonathan Kemp
October The Boy In The Book by Tomááá Nussbaum
November The Tennis Partner:  Abraham Verghese
December The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst

2014
January The Story of the Night Colm Toibin
February Rid England of This Plague – Rex Batten
March The Boyfriend – R. Raj Rao
April The Strangers Child – Alan Hollinghurst ***
May Maggie & Me – Damian Barr
June Maurice – E. M. Forster
July The Immoralist – A Gide
August Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
September  A Perfectly Good Man – Patrick Gale
October A Perfect Waiter – Alain Claude Sulzer
November The Absolutist – John Boyne
December The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel (Lucifer Box 1) – Mark Gatiss

2015
January King of the Badgers by Philip Hensher
February The Picture of Dorian Gray (uncensored version) – Oscar Wilde.
March Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin ***
April Gay Soul: Finding the heart of gay spirit and nature by Mark Thompson
May The Emperor Waltz – Philip Hensher
July Jack Holmes and his Friend – Edmund White
August Barracuda – Christos-Tsiolkas
September Fairytales for Lost Children, by Diriye Osman
October In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut ***
November The Orton Diaries by Joe Orton
December A Meeting by the River by Christopher Isherwood

2016
January Sucking Sherbet Lemons by Michael Carson
February A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
March Arctic Summer Damon Galgut
April Carol – Patricia Highsmith
May E. M. Forster: A New Life by Wendy Moffat
June Queens by Pickles
July Leaving Alexandria – R. Holloway
August The Hippopotamus, by Stephen Fry
September Guapa, by Saleem Haddad
October  What Belongs to You, by Garth Greenwell
November Kiss Of The Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
December Back of the Throat – Yussef El Guindi

2017

January Jeremy Thorpe by Michael Bloch
February Beijing Comrades by Bei Tong
March Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave
April The Evenings: A Winter’s Tale by Gerard Reve
May The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis
June Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
July My Beautiful Laundrette by Hanif Kureishi
August Death In Venice And Other Stories – Thomas Mann
September Falconer by John Cheever
October The Sins of Jack Saul – The True Story of Dublin Jack and The Cleveland Street Scandal by Glenn Chandler
November Forbidden Territory and Realms of Strife: The Memoirs of Juan Goytisolo

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