Here are just a few of our favourite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters, are written by LGBTQ+ authors or explore themes that have greatly affected LGBTQ+ communities.  The selection encompasses everything from novels by writers as diverse as Virginia Woolf to Alan Hollinghurst, to popular science books on the AIDS epidemic and explorations of gay lives around the world.
Here’s a curated list of the very best fiction and non-fiction LGBTQ+ books.

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Orlando

Orlando is a young Elizabethan nobleman whose wealth and status afford him an extravagant lifestyle. Appointed ambassador in Constantinople, he wakes one morning to find he is a woman. Unperturbed by such a dramatic transformation, and losing none of his flamboyance and ambition, the newly femal...

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Trumpet

With an introduction by Ali Smith.When the love of your life dies, the problem is not that some part of you dies too, which it does, but that some part of you is still alive. The death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an extraordinary secret. Unbeknown to...

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The Line of Beauty

Winner of the Man Booker Prize, Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty is a classic novel about class, politics and sexuality in Margaret Thatcher's 1980s Britain.It is the summer of 1983, and young Nick Guest, an innocent in the matters of politics and money, has moved into...

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Boy Meets Hamster

Fourteen-year-old Dylan Kershaw's idea of a dream holiday includes at least three things: beaches to bask on, cosmopolitan culture, and a chance for romance (or at least his first kiss) with another boy. Unluckily for Dylan, his mum's treating the family to the least dreamy holiday ever: ...

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How to Survive a Plague

Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-FictionWinner of The Green Carnation Prize for LGBTQ literatureWinner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT non-fictionShortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2017'Th...

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Queer Intentions

‘Eloquent, empathetic and passionate, this book will not just resonate with a new generation of queer people, but with all those who seek to be their allies. A brilliant book.’ Owen JonesToday, the options and freedoms on offer to LGBTQ+ people living in the West are greater ...

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Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl

It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a lesbian best friend, makes zines, and is a flâneur with a rich dating life. But Paul’s also got a secret: he’s a shapeshifter. Oscillating wil...