From Prejudice To Pride: A History Of The LGBTQ+ Movement by Amy Lamé

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FROM PREJUDICE TO PRIDE looks at the rise and achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement for equal rights and the different communities, pioneers and stories of heartbreak and courage that have marched alongside it.

Follow LGBTQ+ history from ancient civilisations to the present-day, and learn about key events including the trial of Oscar Wilde, the Stonewall riots, the AIDS crisis and same sex-sex marriage.

Gain insight into the shifting attitudes that have challenged lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and the experiences that help us understand what it means to be LGBTQ+ today.

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The Party by Elizabeth Day

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As the train pressed on, I realised that my life was in the process of taking a different direction, plotted according to a new constellation.  Because, although I didn’t know it yet, I was about to meet Ben and nothing would ever be the same again.

Martin Gilmour is an outsider.  When he wins a scholarship to Burtonbury School, he doesn’t wear the right clothes or speak with the right kind of accent.  But then he meets the dazzling, popular and wealthy Ben Fitzmaurice, and gains admission to an exclusive world.  Soon Martin is enjoying tennis parties and Easter egg hunts at the Fitzmaurice family’s estate, as Ben becomes the brother he never had.

But Martin has a secret.  He knows something about Ben, something he will never tell.  It is a secret that will bind the two of them together for the best part of 25 years.

Now, at Ben’s 40th birthday party, the great and the good of British society are gathering to celebrate in a haze of champagne, drugs and glamour.  Amid the hundreds of guests – the politicians, the celebrities, the old-money and newly rich – Martin once again feels that disturbing pang of not-quite belonging.  His wife, Lucy, has her reservations too.  There is disquiet in the air.  But Ben wouldn’t do anything to damage their friendship.

Would he?

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Three Days And A Life by Pierre Lemaitre

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Antoine is twelve years old.  His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone’s business, and nothing much ever happens.  But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the socking vanishing without trace of a young child.  The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour’s dog.  From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour’s six year old son are bound forever.

In the years following Rémi’s disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played.  As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession.  But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again? 

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The House by Simon Lelic

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Every house has a past.

Every couple has their secrets.

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago.  It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it.  But that was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered.  Right outside their back door.

And now the police are watching them …

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Last Stop Tokyo by James Buckler

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The funny thing with suffering is that, just when you think you’ve suffered enough, you realise it’s only just beginning. 

Alex thought running away would make everything better.  Six thousand miles from the mistakes he’s made and the people he’s hurt, Tokyo seems like the perfect escape.  A new life, a new Alex.

The bright lights and dark corners of this alien and fascinating city intoxicate him, and he finds himself transfixed by this country, which feels like a puzzle that no one can quite explain.  But when Alex meets the enigmatic and alluring Naoko, the peace he sought slips ever further from his grasp.

After all, trust is just betrayal waiting to happen, and Alex is about to find out that there’s no such thing as rock bottom.  There’s always the chance things will get worse …

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Gather The Daughters by Jennie Melamed

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Thou shalt not disobey thy father.

Thou shalt not enter another man’s home uninvited.

Thou shalt not raise more than two children.
Thou shalt not touch a daughter who has bled until she enters her summer of fruition.

Thou shalt not allow thy wife to stray in thought, deed, or body.

Thou shalt not allow women who are not sister, daughter, or mother to gather without a man to guide them.

Thou shalt not kill.

On a small island, cut off from the rest of the world, there’s a community that lives by its own rules.  Boys grow up knowing they will one day reign inside and outside the home, while girls know they will be married and pregnant within moments of hitting womanhood.

But before that times comes, there is an island ritual that offers children an exhilarating reprieve.  Every summer they are turned out onto their doorsteps to roam wild: they run, they fight, they sleep on the beach and build camps in trees.  They are free.

It is at the end of one of these summers, as the first frost leaves the ground, that one of the younger girls witnesses something she was never supposed to see.  And she returns home, muddy and terrified, clutching in her small hand a truth that could unravel their carefully constructed island world forever.

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The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

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Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck.  Caught up in one feud too many he’s about to become a dead barbarian, leaving nothing behind but bad songs and dead friends.

Jezal dan Luthar, paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than winning glory in the fencing circle.  But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Inquisitor Glotka, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box.. But then he hates everyone.  Cutting treason out of the heart of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendships – and his latest trail of corpses could lead straight to the rotten heart of government … if he can just stay alive long enough to follow it …  

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The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

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Boiled human bones have been found in a tunnel under Norwich.  A medieval curiosity?  Perhaps, but when Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands.

Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper.  The only trace of her is a rumour that she’s gone ‘underground’.  Both Ruth and the police have heard whispers that the vast network of old chalk-mining tunnels under Norwich is home to a community of rough sleepers.  Can the tales of cannibalism in this subterranean society possibly be true?

Then another woman goes missing and the police came under attack.  Ruth and Nelson must unravel the dark secrets of the Underground and discover just what gruesome secrets lurk at its heart – before it claims another victim.

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Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

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”You only ever ask that.  Why did I do it?  You never ask what they did.”

The winter cold is biting, and a series of assaults is pulling DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake out into the frosty, mean streets of London far more than they’d like.  The attacks seem random, but when Marnie’s family home is ransacked, there are signs that the burglary can have only been committed by a child – and someone who knows all about her.  It will take a prison visit to her foster brother, Stephen, to help Marnie see the connections – and to force both her and Noah to face the truth about the creeping, chilling reaches of a troubled upbringing.  For how can a damaged child really leave their past behind them? 

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