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Something similar to Sarah Waters, please!

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LornaMorello Wed 13-Nov-13 19:55:04

I've just finished SWs books and really enjoyed them. Does anyone know of any similar books/authors? Not necessarily historical but gay/lesbian themed.

Thanks smile

Martin Millar - The Good Fairies of New York: it's insane but great fun. Sort of post-punk prose, with fighting fairies, mad bag ladies etc etc.


Btw - the only similarity is the gay/lesbian thing. They are not at all like SW (must admit that I don't rate SW)!

LornaMorello Wed 13-Nov-13 21:16:05

Thank you! smile

Welshwabbit Wed 13-Nov-13 22:17:30

Try Emma Donoghue - some titles here in her Wikipedia entry:

Welshwabbit Wed 13-Nov-13 22:19:53

Sorry, this time with working link:

Also Joanna Briscoe "Mothers and other Lovers" and "Sleep with Me".

If you like Victoriana even without the lesbianism, Michael Faber's "The Crimson Petal and the White".

hermioneweasley Wed 13-Nov-13 22:20:03

I really liked "petite mort" by Beatrice Hitchman. Reminded me of SW (but it might be the lesbian thing!)

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin.

Wonderful interwoven stories of gay/straight/transgendered folk in San Francisco.

MrsDavidBowie Thu 14-Nov-13 06:58:05

Oh I reread Mr Maupin every year. New one out early neaxt year.
And The Crimson Petal is superb. Very well written...there was a great tv series too. He has also done a book of short stories.

Slammerkin by Donnaghue is excellent.

I do have a penchant for gay/lesbian literature grin

any other recommendations anyone?

Can't wait for AM's book and am already planning to see him on his uk book tour. I love him so.

Michel Faber (CPatW) also wrote a rather odd but quite compelling novel, Beneath the Skin or something like that. Very definitely not akin to SW though!

An excellent book, The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield reminds me a bit of The Little Stranger. It's one of the best books I've read in the last five years. Has been dramatised for bbc2 with the fabulous Olivia Colman, should be good.

DuchessofMalfi Thu 14-Nov-13 14:33:41

You might like Colm Toibin's short stories The Empty Family. Some of them are a bit explicit.

LornaMorello Thu 14-Nov-13 21:06:52

I started Crimson petal and couldn't get into it, I might try again soon.

Thank you for all your suggestions, I will definitely have a look into them smile

Curioustiger Sat 23-Nov-13 23:52:55

She rises by Kate Worsley (I think)... OP you will love it... Great book in its own right, and she was mentored by Sarah waters, and it really shows!

FrancesHB Sun 24-Nov-13 21:38:26

Try Charlotte Mendelsson - Daughters of Jerusalem

BasketzatDawn Wed 27-Nov-13 17:44:48

I was going to suggest Charlotte M too. She and Joanna Briscoe are an item, I think. Just a bit of info,, not relevant! One of CM's earlier novels has this theme too, as well as the Daughters of Jerusalem? Have forgotten title though.

Another of Emma Donoghue's, not the one named above. I've just read the title on an other thread, and forgotten already. Sorry, memory hopeless today. blush
Disobedience by Naomi Alderman, too.

One of Val McDermid's early series has a lesbian main character -p the one called Lindsay somebody <doing well with names today, basketz>. And most of her books have some lesbian characters.

There are others, I just can't 'catch them today'.

BasketzatDawn Fri 29-Nov-13 15:21:11

Not sure if you're still following this thread, OP, but I had other thoughts. If you want recent history and a lesbian theme, you may like Louise Welsh's novel, set in Berlin, with a WW2 theme, as well as current. The Girl on the Stair. I've not read anything else of LW but I quite liked this one.

Another possible writer is Zoe Strachan. I think she's LW's partner BTW <starting to sound like my mum!>. I didn't finish one set in a laundry, found it a bit weird, but it's had good reviews so I think it was just me at the time. I do plan to try it again soon. I think her books often have a Scottish theme - she is Scottish! This suits me, but not for everyone obviously.

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