Book Recs

People often ask me what my favourite books are. Here are some lesfic favs of mine, along with a few memoir, general fiction & writing books. I hope you enjoy!

Current Read

  • Cow Girl

    Cow Girl

    by Kirsty Eyre
    Mainstream publishers are finally realising that lesbian fiction has an audience, and this book is a brilliant example of a classic rom-com with a lesbian lead. Think Sophie Kinsella, but with added rainbow sparkles. Bursting with 3D characters, it's both touching & funny, stamped through with British wit and heart. A lesbian fiction novel that will make you fall in love with cows? It's the book you never knew you needed.

Lesbian/Bi/Queer Fiction

  • And Playing The Role Of Herself

    And Playing The Role Of Herself

    by KE Lane
    And Playing The Role Of Herself can be summed up in four words: terrible cover, brilliant book. My all-time favourite lesfic novel, it’s romantic, sexy and chock-full of Hollywood dazzle. Plus, the audiobook adds a whole new level of emotion.
  • Curious Wine

    Curious Wine

    by Katherine V Forrest
    Set in a cabin in the woods, this is the story of two women coming together in a time when being gay really was the love that dare not speak its name. Widely touted as the first true lesbian romance novel, it still stands up nearly 40 years later and has sold 100,000 copies in its lifetime. Erotic, remarkable and beautiful, it's a book that should be read by every queer woman alive. Clear your schedule and enjoy!
  • In At The Deep End

    In At The Deep End

    by Kate Davies
    It's not often a novel makes me stay up all night and wish it would never end. This book did just that. In At The Deep End is an updated Bridget Jones with a lesbian lead, a tale of real-life queer London. It's funny, smart & touching, plus it includes enough fisting to make your eyes water. I can't recommend it highly enough.
  • All the Little Moments

    All the Little Moments

    by G Benson
    This book will make you cry. There, I said it. It features cute kids, an adorable leading couple and so much emotion packed into its pages it’ll leave you in a heap. Plus, it introduced me to the term “eye-fucking”. Still unsure how I feel.
  • Just Juliet

    Just Juliet

    by Charlotte Reagan
    A perfect YA novel that deals with one teenage girl’s coming out. It’s fun, hopeful and will keep you on the edge of your seat hoping for a happy ending. It's also the book I wish I'd read when I was 17.
  • XX

    XX

    by Angela Chadwick
    XX is the story of Jules and Rosie, and their dream to have a baby. When scientists put them on a trial to do so without the aid of a man, a baby that’s a mix of both of them, all hell breaks loose. Compelling, topical and emotional, this is a story that covers so much ground, yet retains its heart & humanity.
  • Don’t Call Me Hero

    Don’t Call Me Hero

    by Eliza Lentzski
    If you're after an ice queen-meets-military cocktail, served with extra salt on the rim, this is the perfect book for you. It’s a story that engages, and one that will stay with you long after you close the final page. She's also recently written another must-read - The Woman In 3B.
  • The Price Of Salt

    The Price Of Salt

    by Patricia Highsmith
    The Price Of Salt (now renamed Carol after the smash-hit film) has been on my list to read for 654 years (approx). It's terrific by any standards, but when you factor in it was written in 1952, it becomes exceptional. Great prose, spellbinding story and a coming of age that neither protagonist will ever forget. Read it today.
  • Same But Different

    Same But Different

    by Jacquie Lawrence
    A cracking follow-up to Different For Girls that takes us back into the lives of a group of London friends juggling love, kids & desire - no easy task. Drama-packed from first page to last, its dizzying pace will leave you breathless. I read it in one sitting and I defy you not to do the same. This book is a standalone - I hadn't read Different For Girls, but I'm going to now!
  • Patience & Sarah

    Patience & Sarah

    by Isabel Miller
    This is historical lesfic at its finest. Written in the late 1960s and sold on street corners, Patience & Sarah was a word-of-mouth hit, and keeps hitting all these years later. Listen to the audiobook for added wow. Janis Ian's narration is spellbinding.
  • Venus Envy

    Venus Envy

    by Rita Mae Brown
    Venus Envy is a step on from the classic Rubyfruit Jungle (also brilliant). This book is the story of a woman who gets a wrong terminal cancer diagnosis, comes out, then learns she's fine and has to deal with the fallout. Hilarious, tender & true, it's Brown all over.
  • Fireflies

    Fireflies

    by Lise Gold
    Fireflies is a tale of airplanes and recovering alcoholics, set amidst the heat of Dubai. Real, honest and unflinching in its portrayal of the struggle to stay sober, it's refreshingly different and one of my surprise picks of 2018.
  • Louis & Louise

    Louis & Louise

    by Julie Cohen
    Two lives, lived parallel, only separated by gender. Louis & Louise are the same person in two different realities: same parents, same background, same friends. But because of their gender, everything looks different. But when they're both called home, how different are they? This book is clever, big-hearted, and a little bit queer.
  • Whispers Through A Megaphone

    Whispers Through A Megaphone

    by Rachel Elliott
    Witty, wise and downright life-affirming, Whispers Through A Megaphone is a gorgeous piece of prose, with queer characters scattered throughout. But sexuality isn't the issue here: rather, the human condition is, in all its unfettered glory. Guaranteed to make you smile for miles.
  • Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts For 12 Days

    Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts For 12 Days

    by Jeanette Winterson
    It's been a while since I read a Jeanette tome. I forgot how good she is. Twelve short stories, twelve recipes. Even the way she describes the recipes makes me smile. Every word is carefully chosen. This book will make you want to bake Mrs Winterson's mince pies, and fall in love with Jeanette all over again. You can't ask for much more, whatever the season.
  • Crush

    Crush

    by SR Silcox
    A country girl and a rising pop star. An Australian small town. A festival that's about to be shut down. Can love save the day? I haven't read much YA, but if they're all like this, maybe I should read more. Delicious setting, goose-bump first kiss, this sweet romance is so fresh and innocent, it made my heart sing.
  • Big Girl Pill

    Big Girl Pill

    by KD Williamson
    KD is known for her cops & docs series, but this book takes a bow as a full-blown love story. It's a second-chance romance between Maya and Nina - the sticking point being that Nina is getting married to a man, and wants Maya to be her bridesmaid. That's not going to work, is it? KD's secondary characters make the book - Maya's two brothers and Nina's cousin, Rachel - and I also loved her whip-smart wit & penchant for a swear word. Hell, yeah!

LGBT Memoir

  • Undivided

    Undivided

    by Vicky Beeching
    Undivided is a gripping and unflinching memoir. It details the hurt and horror extreme religion can inflict, while also offering hope for those who turn it around.
  • Logical Family

    Logical Family

    by Armistead Maupin
    A memoir so beautifully written, it feels likes slipping on your very favourite sweatshirt and sitting back with a glass of red. Armistead Maupin knows how to spin a story and once you're in, you never want to leave.
  • A Life In Stitches

    A Life In Stitches

    by Rachael Herron
    A masterful account of her life as seen through the knits she was creating at the time. Stories that weave seamlessly in and out of her life, it's a gorgeous example of how rich non-fiction storytelling can be.

General Fiction

  • Here's Looking At You

    Here's Looking At You

    by Mhairi McFarlane
    In these trying Covid times, don't you just want to slip into a feel-good rom-com? I know I do. Yes, this is a straight romance, but it's got some cracking characters, wonderful storytelling, laugh-out-loud dialogue and best of all, real people living real lives. What's more, it kept me up at night, and has a gorgeous ending. If that sounds like a bit of you, give it whirl.
  • The Christmas Sisters

    The Christmas Sisters

    by Sarah Morgan
    The Christmas Sisters shows one of my all-time favourite writers at the top of her game. Read anything she's written, you won't be disappointed. Now, if only she'd add a few lesbians to her novels, she'd be perfect!
  • Rachel's Holiday

    Rachel's Holiday

    by Marian Keyes
    I'm kinda at a loss for words to say about Rachel's Holiday. Just take my advice: it'll change your life. Keyes is a word wrangler, and this story cuts to the core. A must-read.
  • The Girl You Left Behind

    The Girl You Left Behind

    by Jojo Moyes
    This is one of those novels that stays with you long after you put it down. Set between modern-day and WWI, it tells the story of a painting's journey back to its owner, and is heartfelt and simply stunning.
  • My Not So Perfect Life

    My Not So Perfect Life

    by Sophie Kinsella
    My Not So Perfect Life demonstrates perfectly why Sophie is as successful as she is. This book is the rom-com I'd love to write, but with lesbian leads, natch. Pacy, real, British & hilarious, it's unputdownable.
  • The Cows

    The Cows

    by Dawn O'Porter
    I spent my birthday reading this in the sunshine, and it's refreshingly different. The tale of three women, it follows Tara who's propelled to sudden, unwanted fame; Cam, an online feminist blogger; and Stella, who's quietly but devastatingly falling apart. Clever, modern and feisty, it focuses on female sisterhood and always steps over the line. Read it.
  • Half A World Away

    Half A World Away

    by Mike Gayle
    I remember reading Mike Gayle when I was in my twenties. That he's been putting out books since then shows his staying power, and the quality hasn't dipped. Half A World Away, about two siblings separated in early life, covers family, class and love, and is an emotional landslide of a novel that will stay with you for days after.

Writing Books

  • On Writing

    On Writing

    by Stephen King
    On Writing is the best in the business, just like its author. Part-memoir, part writing manual, it's entertaining, witty and informative. The very best kind of writing, then.