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The last testament of Oscar Wilde. 1983. Read by Stanley McGeagh, 6 hours
46 minutes. TB 4750.
In 1897 Oscar Wilde was released from prison, having served two years for acts of
gross indecency. His career as an essayist and dramatist was over and he spent
his final years in Paris, living in poverty and isolation. He wrote nothing more. This
novel takes the form of an imaginary diary by Wilde of these final years, reflecting
upon his past life, his former glory and his present shame. TB 4750.
Tell me how long the train's been gone. 1968. Read by Marvin Kane, 14 hours
48 minutes. TB 1484.
An American negro, who has achieved great fame as an actor, is recuperating from
a severe illness, and contemplates on his rise to fame which has made him
acceptable to black and white alike, after a hard childhood in Harlem. Unsuitable for
family reading. TB 1484.
The century's daughter. 1986. Read by Arthur Blake, 11 hours 6 minutes. TB
Liza Jarrett was born on the last stroke of midnight as the 20th century began. Just
as she never forgets this, neither does she forget her mother's humiliation in the big
house where she "did". Growing up during the First World War she marries Frank, a
mystic and faith healer and unemployed steel worker. She rears her children
through the Depression to the Second World War and her real trial of strength. It is
also the story of Stephen, a young homosexual social worker. TB 6761.
Earthly powers. 1980. Read by Andrew Timothy, 32 hours 33 minutes. TB
Michael Toomey, distinguished writer, tells the story of his life from the First World
War to his final years of idleness. Having seen much cruelty in the world, he has at
last come to the conclusion that evil comes from man himself - it is inborn. TB 3993.
Naked lunch: the restored text. 2009. Read by Jeff Harding, 11 hours 17
minutes. TB 16943.
Told by an Ivy League-educated narcotics addict, Naked Lunch juxtaposes two
journeys: the narrator's physical progress from America to North Africa, via Mexico,
and a terrifying descent into his own altered consciousness. In this "Interzone",
loosely based on Burroughs' temporary home Tangier, sex, drugs and murder are
the most basic of commodities, and the basest desires have become completely
banal. Contains strong language and passages of a sexual nature. TB 16943.
Shameless. 2001. Read by David Thorpe, 7 hours 36 minutes. TB 12777.
Martin is not a happy bunny. His boyfriend has left him for a male prostitute, his
best friend is too busy looking for sex on the internet to offer much in the way of
support and his gal pal is convinced that her own boyfriend is also gay. How's a boy
to find Mr Right rather than Mr Right Now? Contains passages of a sexual nature.
Breakfast at Tiffany's and other stories. 2007. Read by Peter Whitman, 4
hours 26 minutes. TB 15375.
Holly Golightly is generally up all night drinking cocktails and breaking hearts. She
hasn't got a past. She doesn't want to belong to anything or anyone, not even to her
one-eyed rag-bag pirate of a cat. One day Holly might find somewhere she
belongs. TB 15375.
Retreat from love. 1974. Read by Elizabeth Proud, 6 hours. TB 3106.
In an isolated farmhouse in the Jura, Claudine awaits her husband Renaud's return
from a Swiss sanatorium. She distracts herself by encouraging her young friend
Annie to recount salacious episodes from her love life. When Renaud's homosexual
son Marcel arrives, Claudine sets about matchmaking, a fiasco she bitterly regrets.
With Renaud's death, Claudine's ennui is transmuted into resigned suffering. But
she gradually allows the rhythm and beauty of the natural world to reawaken her
desire to live. Unsuitable for family reading. TB 3106.
Coyote, Ivan E
One man's trash: stories. 2002. Read by Nicole Nakoneshny, 2 hours 30
minutes. TB 17868.
A collection of stories about being gay and searching out new frontiers on the road
and on the home front. Includes stories of Coyote's attempts to get married in
Vegas with her girlfriend, her heroic horse-riding aunt, and a family of beaver-eating
eccentrics. TB 17868.
The hours. 1999. Read by Helena Ross, 6 hours 45 minutes. TB 15234.
This book tells the story of three women: Virginia Woolf, beginning to write Mrs.
Dalloway as she recuperates in a London suburb with her husband in 1923;
Clarissa Vaughan, beloved friend of an acclaimed poet dying from AIDS, who in
modern-day New York is planning a party in his honor; and Laura Brown, in a 1949
Los Angeles suburb, who slowly begins to feel the constraints of a perfect family
and home. TB 15234.
Justine: a novel. 1957. Read by Richard Baker, 9 hours 15 minutes. TB 369.
The Alexandria quartet; book 1. Showing the love, relationships and impact on each
other's lives; of people in Alexandria: heterosexual and homosexual. TB 369.
Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop cafe. 1992. Read by Regina Reagan,
9 hours 59 minutes. TB 16153.
Mrs. Threadgoode's tale of two high-spirited women of the 1930s, Idgie and Ruth,
helps Evelyn, a 1980s woman in a sad slump of middle age, to begin to rejuvenate
her own life. TB 16153.
Forrest, Katherine V
Curious wine. 1990. Read by Regina Reagan, 6 hours 2 minutes. TB 17702.
A group of women meet for a ski weekend, and are all touched by what happens in
the intimate log cabin by Lake Tahoe. But for beautiful Lane Christianson and hurt,
vulnerable Diana Holland, the events are to prove cataclysmic. Contains strong
language and passages of a sexual nature. TB 17702.
Forster, E M
Maurice. 1996. Read by Peter Firth, 6 hours 10 minutes. TB 11182.
Maurice is born into a privileged way of life. He grows up confident in status and
precise in social ritual. Yet although priggish and conforming, Maurice finds himself
increasingly attracted to his own sex. Through Clive, whom he encounters at
Cambridge, and Alec, the gamekeeper on Clive's country estate, Maurice gradually
experiences a profound emotional and sexual awakening. TB 11182.
The Vesuvius Club. 2006. Read by Mark Gatiss, 6 hours 38 minutes. TB 15883.
Lucifer Box is the darling of the Edwardian belle monde: portrait painter, wit, dandy
and rake - the guest all hostesses must have. And most do. But few of his
connections or conquests know that Lucifer is also His Majesty's most daring secret
agent, and when Britain's most prominent scientists begin turning up dead, there is
only one man his country can turn to. Lucifer Box deduces and seduces his way
from his elegant townhouse, Number 9 Downing Street, to the seediest stews of
Naples, in search of a secret society; one which may hold the fate of the world in its
claw-like hands - the Vesuvius Club. Contains strong language and passages of a
sexual nature. TB 15883.
Dream boy. 1996. Read by Peter Brooke, 5 hours 13 minutes. TB 17619.
For Nathan first love is not easy. But in a climate of domestic violence, it might be
the only thing to save him from the attentions of a drunken father. In the rural South
filled with hatred and meanness, Nathan has to hide his secret and love from his
friends, church and family. Contains strong language, violence and passages of a
sexual nature. TB 17619.
The well of loneliness. 1982. Read by Gretel Davis, 18 hours 16 minutes. TB
This book was banned in 1928 for twenty years because it is the story of an
"invert", that is a woman who is born with the mind and soul of a man trapped in a
female body. Stephen was baptised with a saint's name by her father who had
longed for a boy and she grew up with all the virtues of a son. As a daughter she
thinks, feels and desires in a way that was forbidden to a woman and must
therefore be an outlaw. TB 5208.
The unlit lamp. 1981. Read by Gretel Davis, 12 hours 42 minutes. TB 5244.
Joan Ogden is the clever daughter of retired middle-class parents living in an
English seaside town. Into her life comes Elizabeth, first as a governess and then
as a passionate friend. She offers Joan the world: the freedom of Cambridge, a
room of her own and absolute love. However she must do battle with Joan's
mother, a gentle tyrant, who strangles every opportunity at birth. TB 5244.
Behind the pine curtain. 2006. Read by Amy Finegan, 7 hours 52 minutes. TB
Ostracized from her hometown and banished from her family at the age of
seventeen because she is gay, Jaqueline Keys is returning to the tiny town of Pine
Springs after fifteen years. The quick trip she'd envisioned turns into weeks as she
learns that her dead father's business is suddenly hers to manage. And soon she is
face-to-face with Kay, the woman who had been Jackie's very first crush all those
years ago. It doesn't take long for them to fall back into their old habits, and soon
Jackie is fighting off the same feelings she had struggled with as a teen. Contains
strong language and passages of a sexual nature. TB 17606.
The spell. 1998. Read by Cameron Stewart, 8 hours 57 minutes. TB 11848.
Following the interlocking affairs of four men: Robin, an architect in his late forties,
who is trying to build an idyllic life in Dorset with his younger lover Justin, a would-
be actor increasingly disenchanted with the countryside; Robin's attractive and
dangerously volatile 22-year-old son Danny; and Justin's former boyfriend Alex. As
each falls under the spell of romance, drugs, country living or rough trade, a richly
ironic picture emerges of the illusions of love, and of the clashing imperatives of
modern gay life. Contains passages of a sexual nature. TB 11848.
The swimming pool library. 1988. Read by Hugh Ross, 12 hours 50 minutes.
William Beckwith is a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and
promiscuity. His friend, the elderly Lord Nantwich, is an old Africa hand who is
searching for someone to write his biography and inherit his traditions. A sweeping
portrayal of the gay life of a century unfolds, in which homosexual adventure,
loyalty, oppression and the quest for beauty trace subtly recurring patterns.
Contains passages of a sexual nature. TB 7979.
The line of beauty. 2004. Read by Daniel Philpott, 16 hours 52 minutes. TB
"The line of beauty" traces the further history of a decade of change and tragedy. In
the summer of 1983, 20-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting
Hill home of the Feddens as the Thatcher boom-years unfold. Contains strong
language and passages of a sexual nature. TB 13809.
A single man. 1964. Read by Robert Gladwell, 5 hours 15 minutes. TB 1145.
The world within the individual is explored through this frank description of one day
in the life of a middle-aged professor in Los Angeles. Contains passages of a
sexual nature. TB 1145.
Goodbye to Berlin. 1939. Read by Richard Earthy, 9 hours 3 minutes. TB
As in 'Mr Norris Changes Trains' (TB 4878) the author is basing his novel on diaries
kept in Berlin in the years 1929-33. The lens of his camera widens to take in Sally
Bowles, the Nowaks and the Laudauers, and the whole decadent society of Berlin.
A record of the increasing eruptions of violence that accompanied the disintegration
of the democratic republic of Germany emerges with horrific clarity. TB 7927.
Miss Peabody's inheritance. 1985. Read by Elizabeth Proud, 6 hours 25
minutes. TB 6857.
Arabella Thorne, a cultured and eccentric schoolmistress, travels to Europe
accompanied by a shy schoolgirl and the jealous Miss Edgely. Meanwhile, the
creator of the travelling party, Australian novelist Diana Hopewell, answers a letter
from Miss Peabody, an incompetent clerk living in a London suburb, and the
ensuing correspondence between the two women changes Miss Peabody's life and
personality dramatically. TB 6857.
Lawrence, D H
The rainbow. 1915. Read by David Strong, 12 hours. TB 1022.
A chronicle of three generations of Brangwens, a family of farming stock, against a
background of the countryside and the industrial city. TB 1022.
Dusty answer. 1927. Read by Gretel Davis, 13 hours 37 minutes. TB 4365.
Written in 1927, this tells the story of Judith Earle: sensitive, intelligent, basically a
"loner" yet profoundly affected by the five children who came to stay with their
grandmother next door, and keep coming back into her life. At Cambridge she
experiences first love and disillusionment - a "dusty answer" to the quest for
certainty. TB 4365.
The truth about Lorin Jones. 1988. Read by Pat Starr, 10 hours 30 minutes.
Polly Alter, art historian, feminist, divorced mother of 13-year-old Stevie, takes on
the biography of Lorin Jones, the beautiful young painter who fled the New York art
world and died at an early age. Seeking out those who knew Lorin only leads to
increasing confusion and Polly is forced to reassess her own life as well as that of
her subject - a warmly honest, artistic detective story. TB 7646.
Report for murder. Read by Vari Sylvester, 8 hours 2 minutes. TB 13895.
Lindsay Gordon; book 1. Freelance journalist Lindsay Gordon is strapped for cash.
Why else would she agree to cover a fund-raising gala at a girl's public school? But
when the star attraction is found garrotted with her own cello string instants before
she is due to go on stage, Lindsay finds herself investigating a vicious murder. Who
would have wanted Lorna Smith Cooper dead? Who had the key to the locked
room in which her body was found? And who could have slipped out of the hall at
just the right time to commit this calculated and cold-blooded crime? Contains
violence. TB 13895.
Common murder. 2000. Read by Vari Sylvester, 7 hours 36 minutes. TB
Lindsay Gordon; book 2. A protest-group hits the headlines when unrest explodes
into murder. Already on the scene, journalist Lindsay Gordon desperately tries to
strike a balance between personal and professional responsibilities. As she peels
back the layers of deception surrounding the protest and its opponents, she finds
that no-one seems wholely above suspicion. Then Lindsay uncovers a truth that
even she can hardly believe... Contains violence. TB 13936.
Final edition. 2001. Read by Vari Sylvester, 7 hours 37 minutes. TB 13937.
Lindsay Gordon; book 3. When she returns from a self-imposed exile in Italy,
journalist Lindsay Gordon finds her world turned upside down. The lover she
thought would wait for her has found a new partner; an ex-lover has been
murdered; and a former colleague has been jailed for the crime. But the jury's
verdict is challenged and soon Lindsay is embroiled in an investigation involving
blackmail, stolen government documents and the vested interests of a group of
people determined to keep her from finding the truth. Contains violence. TB 13937.
Union Jack. Read by Vari Sylvester, 7 hours 6 minutes. TB 14008.
Lindsay Gordon; book 4. Journalist Lindsay Gordon is more accustomed to
investigating murder than being suspected of it. But when union boss Tom Jack
falls to his death from her bedroom window after a spectacularly public row with
Lindsay, it seems the only way to prove her innocence is to find the real culprit. In
an investigation that draws her inexorably into her own past, Lindsay is forced to
confront hard moral choices before she can clear her name. Contains violence. TB
Booked for murder. Read by Vari Sylvester, 8 hours 3 minutes. TB 14041.
Lindsay Gordon; book 5. Why would anyone want to kill Penny Varnavides,
bestselling author of the teen dream series? It can't have been the freak accident it
first appeared - Penny's death was an exact replica of the murder method in her
forthcoming book. Apart from Penny, only three people knew the plot: her literary
agent, her editor and her ex-girlfriend Meredith. In memory of her old friendship with
Penny, Lindsay Gordon agrees to investigate. Reluctantly she leaves her
Californian haven for the fraught world of London publishing. And as her
investigation reveals an incendiary mixture of soured relationships and seething
rivalries, Lindsay must face the frightening truth. Someone in Penny's literary or
love life must have been driven to murder... Contains violence. TB 14041.
Hostage to murder. 2001. Read by Vari Sylvester, 9 hours 39 minutes. TB
Lindsay Gordon; book 6. Spraining an ankle is rarely a stroke of luck, but for
Lindsay Gordon, jobless in Glasgow, the injury is her introduction to freelance
journalist Rory McLaren and the opening of a new chapter in her life. Rory's
invitation to work alongside her in her booth at the Cafe Virginia is irresistible. Then
a local car dealer's stepson is kidnapped and Lindsay and Rory are invited to trade
journalism for detection. Contains violence. TB 14277.
Thin ice. 1956. Read by Eric Gillett, 7 hours 24 minutes. TB 973.
The story of two Englishmen, one a politician whose attempts to deny his
homosexual feelings end in disgrace; the other a loyal friend. TB 973.
Tales of the city. 1989. Read by Regina Reagan, 8 hours 44 minutes. TB
Tales of the city; book 1. A naive young secretary forsakes Cleveland for San
Francisco, tumbling headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, cut
throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is
manic, romantic, tawdry, touching, and outrageous. Contains strong language. TB
More tales of the city. 1989. Read by Regina Reagan, 8 hours 30 minutes. TB
Tales of the city; book 2. This sequel to 'Tales of the city' rolls recklessly along as
Michael Tolliver pursues his favourite gynaecologist, Mona Ramsey uncovers her
roots in a desert whorehouse, and Mary Ann Singleton finds love at sea with the
amnesiac of her dreams. Contains strong language. TB 14243.
Further tales of the city. 1988. Read by Regina Reagan, 9 hours 7 minutes. TB
Tales of the city; book 3. DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track down a
charismatic psychopath. Michael Tolliver looks for love and landlady Anna Madrigal
imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement storeroom. Contains strong language.
Babycakes. 1988. Read by Regina Reagan, 8 hours 50 minutes. TB 14245.
Tales of the city; book 4. The characters from 'Tales of the city' are back, as an
ordinary house-husband and his ambitious wife discover there's more to making a
baby than meets the eye. Unexpected help arrives in teh form of a British monarch,
a greiving gay neighbour, and an international ring of mail-order brides. Contains
strong language. TB 14245.
Significant others. 1989. Read by Regina Reagan, 8 hours 25 minutes. TB
Tales of the city; book 5. A holiday in the redwoods goes uproariously awry when
the opposing sexes camp out rather too close to each other for comfort. Among
those entangled in the mayhem are DeDe Halcyon, reformed debutante, troubled
house-husband Brian Hawkins, and the irrepressible Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver.
Contains strong language. TB 14246.
Sure of you. 1991. Read by Regina Reagan, 7 hours. TB 14247.
Tales of the city; book 6. A fiercely ambitious TV talk show host finds she must
choose between national stardom in New York and a husband and child in San
Francisco. Contains strong language. TB 14247.
Michael Tolliver lives. 2008. Read by William Hope, 7 hours 57 minutes. TB
Tales of the City; book 7. 55-year-old gardener Michael Tolliver, one of the
characters from Maupin's 'Tales of the City', finds love with a younger man, attends
to his dying mother, and finally reaffirms his allegiance to a wise octogenarian who
was once his landlady. Contains passages of a sexual nature. TB 16044.
A fairly honourable defeat. 1970. Read by Robert Gladwell, 15 hours 50
minutes. TB 1128.
Morgan's return to England means trouble, not only for her former husband and her
former lover, but also for her older sister and even the homosexual household of
Simon and Axel. TB 1128.
The bell. 1958. Read by David Brown, 15 hours 15 minutes. TB 1969.
The story of a lay community of mixed-up people encamped outside Imber Abbey,
home of an enclosed order of nuns, including Dora Greenfield, an erring wife who
returns to her husband, and Michael Meade, who is confronted by his homosexual
former lover. Unsuitable for family reading. TB 1969.
Son to the father. 1996. Read by Jon Cartwright, 9 hours 4 minutes. TB11417.
Peter Smallwood enjoys his role as surrogate father to his flatmate Jaqui's ten-
year-old son. When Jed lands a part in a film to be shot in Spain, Peter joins Jaqui
and Jed on set. Peter is not immune to the charms of the Adonis-like Quiepo, or to
the shadow of his father, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War. In charting Peter's
journey towards a sense of his own identity, this novel explores themes of sex and
spirituality, fatherhood, commitment and reconciliation. Contains passages of a
sexual nature. TB 11417.
The cities of the plain. 1921/2. Read by Robin Holmes, 25 hours 30 minutes.
Remembrance of things past; book 4. Sequel to: The Guermantes way, TB 195.
Continued recollections of France in the late 19th century. TB 196.
Interview with the vampire: the first book in the vampire chronicles. 1994.
Read by Nigel Graham, 16 hours 30 minutes. TB 11296.
Vampire chronicles; book 1. In a darkened room a young man sits telling the
macabre and eerie story of his life... the story of a vampire, gifted with eternal life,
cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood. Contains passages of a sexual
nature. TB 11296.
Desert of the heart. 2005. Read by Francine Brodkin, 8 hours 6 minutes. TB
Evelyn Hall arrives in Reno wanting only to be left alone while she waits six weeks
for a painful divorce from her husband. Once there she meets Ann Child, 15 years
her junior, who is both a free spirit and a lesbian. Soon Ann refuses to let the
controlled but vulnerable Evelyn ignore the powerful emotions that begin to unleash
inside her. Contains strong language. TB 17616.
Salinger, J D
The catcher in the rye. 1951. Read by Marvin Kane, 7 hours. TB 1922.
A 16-year old American boy relates in his own words the experiences he goes
through at school and after, and reveals with unusual candour the workings of his
own mind. TB 1922.
Rat Bohemia. 1997. Read by Multiple narrators, 5 hours 21 minutes. TB 11869.
Set in New York City, Rita Mae Weems, a woman from Queens works as a rat
exterminator for the NYC Department of Health's Pest Control Division. Meanwhile
Rita's best friend Killer is falling in love with the rakish and enigmatic Troy Ruby,
and there is David, a writer who is HIV-positive, is struggling to be truthful about the
AIDS experience even as his family averts their eyes from his day-to-day efforts to
stay alive. Contains passages of a sexual nature. TB 11869.
Hotel world. 2001. Read by Kate McGoldrick, 6 hours 54 minutes. TB 13508.
This story brings alive five characters, one of whom is dead, during one night in a
hotel. The author traces their intersecting lives, examining the themes of time,
chance, money and death. TB 13508.
Man's world. 2010. Read by Adrian Grove, Read by Tomos James, 8 hours 40
minutes. TB 17617.
London today: a world of sex and drugs and designer clothes, where Robert
searches for fulfilment in gay clubs. London 50 years ago: Michael enters a secret
queer underworld, negotiating the dangers of the law and the closet. Past and
present collide when Robert moves into a new block of flats, and discovers that
history is alive and kicking in his doorstep. Contains strong language and passages
of a sexual nature. TB 17617.
Broderie anglaise. 1992. Read by Norma West, 3 hours 44 minutes. TB 9732.
Here, in fictional form, is the key event of Violet's youth: her love affair with Vita
Sackville West, thought to be scandalous at the time. Also thought to be a reply to
Virginia Woolf's "Orlando", it provides an insight into the extraordinary and complex
personalities of all three women, as well as being a love story full of seduction and
worldliness. TB 9732.
Tulchinsky, Karen X
Love ruins everything: a novel. 1998. Read by Steve Armstrong, Read by
Susan Boning, 8 hours 17 minutes. TB 18105.
Nomi Rabinovitch is heartbroken when her lover unexpectedly dumps her for a
burly, buzzcut man. When she is invited to return to Toronto for her mother's
wedding she jumps at the chance to see her friends and family again. However,
once she's there she is drawn into a bizarre scheme, by her gay cousin and her
long lost crush, that threatens to ruin her opportunity to do some serious soul-
searching. Contains strong language and passages of a sexual nature. TB 18105.
The color purple. 2000. Read by Lorelei King, 6 hours 40 minutes. TB 13312.
The story of two sisters in the harsh segregated world of the Deep South in the
early twentieth century. Celie has been raped by the man she calls father; her two
children are taken away from her; her beloved, younger sister, Nettie, has run
away. Celie has no one to talk to but God. Then she meets Shug and discovers not
the pain of rivalry but the love and support of women. Contains violence. TB 13312.
Behind closed doors. 1996. Read by Joan Walker, 17 hours 16 minutes. TB
Vanda Bell has ambitions to be a stripper, Joan Stone's family hides a secret, Peter
Bird thinks he's the only gay man in the world. The three met on the day they were
measured for their grammar school uniforms and are followed through their
adulthood. Although the three have little in common, they fell in love with the same
man. Contains strong language. TB 12619.
Tipping the velvet. 1999. Read by Charlotte Strevens, 18 hours 38 minutes. TB
In the bawdy music halls of the late-19th century, Nan is captivated by Kitty Butler,
a male impersonator. She manages to meet her heroine and soon after becomes
her dresser. Heading for the bright lights of London they form a double act, while
privately, a love affair begins. Contains strong language. Contains passages of a
sexual nature. TB 14976.
Affinity. 2008. Read by Joan Walker, Read by Rachel Atkins, 12 hours 43
minutes. TB 16928.
Set in and around the women's prison at Milbank in the 1870s. Following the death
of her father, Margaret Prior has decided to pursue some 'good work' with the lady
criminals of one of London's most notorious gaols. Surrounded by prisoners,
murderers and common thieves, Margaret feels herself drawn to one of the prisons
more unlikely inmates - the imprisoned spiritualist Selina Dawes. Sympathetic to
the plight of this innocent-seeming girl, Margaret sees herself dispensing guidance
and perhaps friendship on her visits, little expecting to find herself dabbling in a
twilight world of seances, shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions. TB
The night watch. 2006. Read by Elaine Caxton, 17 hours 21 minutes. TB
This is the story of four Londoners - three women and a young man with a past.
Kay, who drove an ambulance during the war and lived life at full throttle, now
dresses in mannish clothes and wanders the streets with a restless hunger,
searching. Helen, clever, sweet, much-loved, harbours a painful secret. Viv,
glamour girl, is stubbornly, even foolishly loyal, to her soldier lover. Duncan, an
apparent innocent, has had his own demons to fight during the war. Their lives, and
their secrets connect in sometimes startling ways. Contains strong language and
passages of a sexual nature. TB 14772.
Fingersmith. 2002. Read by Rachel Atkins, 20 hours 2 minutes. TB 12892.
Set in a den of thieves in 1860's London, this novel focuses on Susan, a
pickpocket, who is persuaded by her cohorts to pose as a lady's maid and infiltrate
the household of Maud, a young heiress in possession of a large inheritance.
Contains strong language. TB 12892.
Brideshead revisited. 2003. Read by Greg Wagland, 12 hours 25 minutes. TB
This tells the story of Charles Ryder's infatuation with the Marchmain family and the
rapidly disappearing world of privilege they inhabit. Enchanted first by Sebastian at
Oxford then by his doomed Catholic family, in particular his remote sister, Julia,
Charles comes finally to recognize his spiritual and social distance from them. TB
The cutting room. 2003. Read by Tam Dan Burn, 9 hours 7 minutes. TB 14283.
When Rilke, a dissolute and promiscuous auctioneer, comes upon a hidden
collection of violent and highly disturbing photographs, he feels compelled to
unearth more about the deceased owner who coveted them. What follows is a
compulsive journey of discovery, decadence and deviousness. Contains strong
language, violence and passages of a sexual nature may be considered offensive.
A boy's own story. 1983. Read by Edmund White, 8 hours 49 minutes. TB
Trilogy: book 1. The text covers the autobiographical incidents of the author before
the age of 16. Themes touch on the exaggerated consolations of the imagination,
the sexy but crushing teenage culture of the 1950s, the importance of Buddhism,
books and psychoanalysis to his development. Contains passages of a sexual
nature. TB 11713.
The beautiful room is empty. 1988. Read by Hayward Morse, 8 hours 7
minutes. TB 11775.
Trilogy; book 2. Covers the late adolesence and early adulthood of the narrator of
`A boy's own story'. Moving from the Midwest to New York, he leads a life that
revolves around the pursuit of sexual obsession and his burgeoning intellectual
relationships: with Maria, a painter and political activist whose bohemianism shields
an ambiguous sexuality; and Lou, advertising copywriter and compelling guru of
sensuality. Contains passages of a sexual nature. TB 11775.
The farewell symphony. 1997. Read by Hayward Morse, 19 hours 29 minutes.
Trilogy: book 3. The story of a gay man who has outlived most of his friends. At its
heart is the tale of a writer and his struggle to survive as he and his friends hammer
out a new gay aesthetic, support themselves and fight for recognition. The novel
juxtaposes cultural discussion with scenes of backroom sex, and takes the narrator
through a series of painful, occasionally hilarious love affairs that culminate in a
spiritually transforming relationship with a dying man. Contains passages of a
sexual nature. TB 11328.
The Twyborn affair.1979. Read by Michael McStay, 15 hours 53 minutes. TB
Wealthy and middle-aged, an Australian matron worries over social and sexual
doubts, but the androgynous hero, Eudoxia/Eddie/Eadith Twyborn, searches for
love in its many forms. The narrative spans the years from a French resort in 1914
to London in the Second World War. TB 4489.
Hemlock and after. 1952. Read by Eric Gillett, 10 hours. TB 388.
A famous novelist and humanist gives way to homosexual tendencies and becomes
vulnerable to the plans of his enemies. TB 388.
As if by magic. 1973. Read by Peter Gray, 19 hours 15 minutes. TB 2387.
Hamo is middle-aged, a plant geneticist and enthusiastic homosexual; Alexandra,
his goddaughter, is determinedly non- conventional. Both search vainly for a magic
formula for their lives. Unsuitable for family reading. TB 2387.
Oranges are not the only fruit. 1985. Read by Gretel Davis, 6 hours 30
minutes. TB 6547.
At school she cannot seem to learn or win anything, not even the draw to get out of
being the dinner monitor. At home Mother tries to shield her from temptation, but
older women, philosophical demons and the Morecombe Guest House for the
Bereaved prove an exciting alternative to being a missionary - a story of wit, style
and eccentric characters. Unsuitable for family reading. TB 6547.
Written on the body. 1992. Read by Helen Bourne, 6 hours 23 minutes. TB
Written on the body is a secret code, only visible in certain lights; the accumulations
of a lifetime gather there. In places the palimpsest is so heavily worked that the
letters feel like braille. I like to keep my body rolled up away from prying eyes.
Never unfold too much, tell the whole story. I didn't know that Louise would have
reading hands. She has translated me into her own book. Contains passages of a
sexual nature. TB 9641.
Mrs Dalloway. 1925. Read by Rosemary Davis, 9 hours 23 minutes. TB 14092.
The action spans one June day in London in 1923 but travels much further in time
and space through the minds of Clarissa Dalloway, her husband, Richard and Peter
Walsh who has just returned from India (and whom she rejected years ago to marry
Richard); through the minds also of others whose lives brush against theirs: Sally
Seton, an old friend, Miss Kilman, who has 'seen the light' and teaches history to
young Elizabeth Dalloway with sinister serenity and sad, shell-shocked young
Septimus and his little Italian wife. TB 14092
Alexis. 1984. Read by Richard Earthy, 3 hours 14 minutes. TB 5453.
This story takes the form of a letter from a young musician, Alexis, to his wife,
Monique, whom he loves and who has just given birth to their son. Sadly his letter
declares that he can no longer continue the marriage because he must obey the
commands of his own homosexuality against which he has struggled in vain - a
daring book for the time in which it was written. TB 5453.
Therapeutic perspectives on working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients.
2000. Read by Emma Powell, 10 hours 48 minutes. TB 16818.
A practical guide for therapists, counsellors and others in related professions
working with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients in affirmative ways, this work is the
first to address how this can be approached from ten of the major therapeutic
perspectives. Each approach is discussed with regard to its historical and
theoretical relationship to these client groups and how the approach can be
beneficial or negative. Contains strong language TB 16818.
Morgan: a biography of E M Forster. 1993. Read by Gretel Davis, 20 hours 27
minutes. TB 9819.
Morgan Forster is considered one of England's greatest novelists. This is a
sympathetic attempt to unravel the connections between his novels and his life,
exploring his lifelong obsession with houses, families and traditions, the tentacle
grasp of his widowed mother and the sexual and emotional frustration because of
his homosexuality. We also learn that "Maurice", his posthumously published novel,
was based on real people and events. Interweaving biographic insight with a deep
understanding of the novels, the result is intuitive and original. Contains passages
of a sexual nature. TB 9819.
A short walk from Harrods. 1993. Read by Christopher Scott, 9 hours 52
minutes. TB 10134.
Autobiography; 6. Sequel to: Great meadow, TB 10001. "Here is my 6th volume of
autobiography. The events are as they were and as I recall them without the aid of
diaries or journals. Alas, the area of France about which I write has now been
drastically altered, almost beyond recognition. This, then, is a tribute to the patch of
it which I was privileged to own and which I greatly loved. It is also a tribute to the
memory of a valiant and courageous man who loved it with an equal passion." TB
Running with scissors: a memoir. 2007. Read by John Chancer, 9 hours 4
minutes. TB 15831.
When Augusten Burroughs was twelve, his mother (a poet with delusions of Anne
Sexton) gave him away to her psychiatrist, a man who might have benefited from a
touch of therapy himself. This is the story of the bizarre years Augusten spent in the
doctor's dilapidated Victorian mansion, having sex with the paedophile in-patient
who lived in the garden shed, eating Valium tablets like other kids eat sweeties and
resorting to the vintage electroshock therapy machine to liven up those quieter
moments. Contains strong language and passages of a sexual nature. TB 15831.
Love is where it falls: an account of a passionate friendship. 1999. Read by
Christopher Scott, 7 hours 14 minutes. TB 13932.
When Simon Callow first met Peggy Ramsay he could hardly have suspected that
his encounter with the near-legendary play agent would blossom into passionate
love. There was the age difference for one thing: Callow was barely thirty, Peggy
was in her seventies. And then there was the matter of Aziz, the handsome but
mercurial Egyptian with whom Callow was already deeply in love... Contains strong
language. TB 13932.
Look who it is!: my story. 2009. Read by Gareth Jameson, 7 hours 20. TB
Alan Carr tells his life story in his own words, from growing up in a football-mad
family in Northampton to his rise as one of Britain's best-loved comedians. Contains
strong language. TB 17029.
A young man's passage. 2006. Read by David Thorpe, 8 hours 48 minutes. TB
Julian Clary is one of Britain's most loved entertainers and this is his story,
intimately told in his own words. Not just a memoir, but the debut of an exciting
writer. After a quiet suburban upbringing he packed his bags for London, where he
developed a shameless performance. Contains strong language and passages of a
sexual nature. TB 16136.
The letters of Noel Coward. 2007. Read by Greg Wagland, 26 hours 19
minutes. TB 15817.
Diaries, letters and essays. Coward's multi-faceted talent as an actor, writer,
composer, producer and even as a war-time spy, brought him into close contact
with the great, the good and the merely ambitious in film, literature and politics.
With letters to and from the likes of: George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Winston
Churchill, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Ian Fleming, Graham Greene, Evelyn
Waugh, Fred Astaire, Charlie Chaplin, FD Roosevelt, the Queen Mother and many
more, the picture that emerges is a series of vivid sketches of Noel Coward's
private relationships, and a re-examination of the man himself. Contains strong
language. TB 15817.
The Noel Coward diaries. 1982. Read by Peter Barker, 35 hours 43 minutes.
These diaries run from 1941 when Noel Coward started his wartime concert tours
for the troops (which led to a new career as a cabaret entertainer), through the bad
years of the early Fifties to his return and knighthood in the Sixties. The content has
the expected quota of greasepaint but takes in also the social and political sides of
Britain and America, with characters ranging from Churchill to the Beatles. TB
The naked civil servant. 1968. Read by Hugh Ross, 6 hours 30 minutes. TB
Quentin Crisp describes himself as "not merely a self- confessed homosexual but a
self-evident one". Remaining true to his emotional yearnings in the puritan 1930s
he paraded the streets of Pimlico wearing mascara and lipstick, discovering a world
of brutality and comedy in short-lived jobs and precarious relationships. Unsuitable
for family reading. TB 5670.
Oscar Wilde. 1987. Read by Tom Crowe, 28 hours 5 minutes. TB 8273.
Wilde's parents and his Irish background, the actresses to whom he paid court, his
unfortunate wife and his lovers, enemies as well as friends, clothes and even the
decor are all presented in this biography. The saga of his 1882 American tour and,
later, his storming of the bastions of the French literary establishment are followed
by the London of the 1890s, Whistler, the Pre-Raphaelites, Lillie Langtry and the
Prince of Wales, and his affair with Lord Alfred Douglas. TB 8273.
The secret lives of Somerset Maugham. 2009. Read by Joanna Mackie, 29
hours 36 minutes. TB 17176.
For nearly sixty years Somerset Maugham was one of the most famous writers in
the world. An enormously successful playwright and the author of over a hundred
short stories and twenty-one novels, Maugham early became an expert at
concealment. Predominantly homosexual, he made a disastrous marriage to Syrie
Wellcome, although deeply in love with the charming but dissolute Gerald Haxton.
A talented linguist, during both world wars Maugham worked for British Intelligence.
Outwardly his life was richly rewarding, but privately he suffered anguish from an
unrequited love affair and a shocking final betrayal. Contains strong language. TB
Rock Hudson: his story. 1986. Read by Michael McStay, 10 hours 46 minutes.
Throughout his career, Rock Hudson kept his private life very private. When it
became known that he had AIDS, however, his first concern was that the public
should know the real story of his life. At his request, his closest friends and
colleagues - including Doris Day - have co-operated fully with Sara Davidson in
producing the definitive portrayal of one of Hollywood's most enduring stars.
Unsuitable for family reading. TB 6753.
Christopher Isherwood diaries. 1996. Read by Charlotte Stevens, Read by Jon
Cartwright, 50 hours. TB 12041.
In 1939 Christopher Isherwood and W H Auden emigrated together to the United
States. These diaries, covering the period up to 1960, describe Isherwood's search
for a new life in California, where he eventually settled. The diaries cover how
Isherwood became a disciple of a Hindu monk, his pacifism in World War II, his
work as a Hollywood screenwriter, and friendships with gifted artists and
intellectuals. TB 12041.
Christopher and his kind, 1929-1939. 1977. Read by Peter Gray, 13 hours 38
minutes. TB 3135.
The author describes ten years in his life - his going to Germany in 1929, meeting
and falling in love with a German boy, wandering round Europe and encountering
many different and interesting people. Unsuitable for family reading. TB 3135.
Swans reflecting elephants: my early years. 1982. Read by William Abney, 7
hours 12 minutes. TB 4865.
The story of the early years of one of the most important collectors of Surrealist
paintings in the Twenties, culminating in his divorce from the opera singer Tilly
Losch because of his homosexuality. TB 4865.
Florence, a delicate case. 2002. Read by Paul Barrett, 3 hours 32 minutes. TB
The author provides a literary guide to the lives and impressions of the many British
and Americans who lived and wrote in Florence. The narrative considers such
diverse figures as Tchaikovsky, Henry James and Henry Labouchere. Aside from
descriptions of art, light, landscape, and history, Leavitt finds many traces within the
literary sources of Florence's active gay culture during the 19th and early 20th
centuries. TB 15222.
Freddie Mercury: his life in his own words. 2008. Read by Greg Wagland, 5
hours 51 minutes. TB 16868.
This book takes us on the journey of Queen - three academics and a frustrated art
student, tired of having no money, taking on the music industry on their own terms.
Spurred on by an almost uncontrollable, ambitious and forthright Mercury, Queen
succeeded, becoming the biggest band of the generations to come. The story, told
in his own words shows how on many occasions, the band almost split, but was
always kept together by their shared love of breaching musical boundaries.
Freddie's own personal story is one of pursuing a dream, dealing with wealth and
fame, looking back and having no regrets, coming to reflect on his thoughts on
getting old, his legacy and death. Contains strong language. TB 16868.
Leonardo da Vinci: the flights of the mind. 2007. Read by Jonathan Oliver, 23
hours 43 minutes. TB 16947.
Charles Nicholl has immersed himself in manuscripts, paintings and artefacts to
produce an intimate portrait of Leonardo. He uses these contemporary materials -
his notebooks and sketchbooks, eye witnesses and early biographies, etc - as a
way into the mental tone and physical texture of his life and has made many
discoveries about him, his work and his circle of associates. The book identifies
what Nicholl argues is an unknown portrait of the artist hanging in a church near
Lodi in northern Italy. It also contains new material on his eccentric assistant
Tomasso Masini, his homosexual affairs in Florence, and his curious relationship
with a female model and/or prostitute from Cremona. Contains strong language. TB
At my mother's knee... and other low joints. 2008. Read by Peter Kenny, 9
hours 40 minutes. TB 16325.
Paul O'Grady tells story of his early life in Irish Catholic Birkenhead that started him
on the long and winding road from mischievous altar boy to national treasure. It is a
brilliantly evoked, hilarious and often moving tale of gossip in the back yard,
bragging in the corner shop and slanging matches on the front doorstep, populated
by larger-than-life characters with hearts of gold and tongues as sharp as razors.
Contains strong language. TB 16325.
Bruce Chatwin. 1999. Read by Nigel Graham, 29 hours 34 minutes. TB 12288.
A biography of Bruce Chatwin, based on private notebooks, diaries, letters and
hundreds of interviews. It illuminates the many sides of Chatwin, from Sotheby's
director, archaeologist, "Sunday Times" journalist and traveller to devoted husband
and active gay, socialite and loner. Contains passages of a sexual nature. TB
Williams, H A
Some day I'll find you: an autobiography. 1982. Read by John Westbrook, 15
hours 6 minutes. TB 4774.
Son of a naval officer, Harry Williams wanted to be a priest from the age of ten. As
a curate in London his piety was strict and rigid, although he was beset by
fundamental questions about his faith because of his homosexuality. When he
became a lecturer in theology at Cambridge the crisis came to a head: he rejected
organised religion and even seemed to reject God. He is now a member of an
Anglican religious order, seeing the move as a necessity born of his experiences,
which are recounted in a frank and honest manner. TB 4774.
The Kenneth Williams diaries. 1993. Read by Ronald Markham, 36 hours. TB
For over forty years Kenneth Williams kept a diary, the contents of which he kept
completely to himself. After his death, rumour of publication sent a shiver of
anticipation and dread through the theatrical world. This long awaited volume brings
to light a complex and tormented personality, devastatingly honest and uninhibited
about both himself and his fellow man. TB 9714.
The Kenneth Williams letters. 1994. Read by Ronald Markham, 13 hours 2
minutes. TB 10075.
This is a selection of the letters of Kenneth Williams to all manner of people
including Alec Guiness, Maggie Smith, Joe Orton, Richard Burton and Elizabeth
Taylor, and the stokers' Mess of HMS Leverton. Letters called forth the performer in
Williams: many of those collected here are virtual comic monologues, and suggest
the likeable and constructive side of a man who, nevertheless, remains as
outrageous and 'difficult' as ever. Above all, the letters round the picture of Kenneth
William's unique and troubled personality. TB 10075.
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Buenas noches, Buenos Aires. 2004. Read by volunteers, 4 hours 28 minutes.
A young British man comes to 1980s Paris to teach English and to taste the erotic
life that has eluded him in Britain. He's gay - most of the teachers at the school are
gay - and he suddenly finds himself in the midst of a sexual free-for-all beyond his
wildest dreams. Contains passages of a sexual nature. TB 407844.
The no-nonsense guide to sexual diversity. 2001. Read by volunteers, 6 hours
24 minutes. TB 400178.
Why are some people gay, some people straight - and many bisexual? Why do
some women feel they are really male and some men feel that deep down they are
female? This text unearths the hidden history of lesbians, gays, cross-dressers,
eunuchs, transsexuals over the world and through time. It looks at the contributions
of science and medicine, and it covers the war against sexual nonconformists that
is being waged by the religious fundamentalists, be they Christian, Muslim or
Hindu. TB 400178.
Girl meets girl: a dating survival guide. 2007. Read by volunteers, 6 hours. TB
This new, definitive dating guide for lesbian, bisexual and bi-curious women,
contains indispensable advice on how to read a personal ad, make the first move
and figure out who pays on a date. It also features sex tips for beginners and
advanced players! TB 408407.
Leonardo Da Vinci: a memoir of his childhood. 2001. Read by volunteers, 4
hours 14 minutes. TB 408004.
The ultimate prodigy, Leonardo da Vinci was an artist of great originality and power,
a scientist, and a powerful thinker. According to Sigmund Freud, he was also a
flawed, repressed homosexual. This text includes the full concept of narcissism and
develops Freud's theories of homosexuality. TB 408004.
Virginia Woolf. 2001. Read by volunteers, 5 hours 49 minutes. TB 407524.
Nigel Nicolson is the son of Vita Sackville-West, who was Virginia Woolf's most
intimate friend, and for a short time her lover. He spent many days in her company
and he has threaded his recollections of her throughout this unique narrative of her
life. TB 407524.
No make-up: straight tales from a queer life. 2006. Read by volunteers, 10
hours 54 minutes. TB 409419.
The story of a man who has achieved an equilibrium with his times. From the
creation of the iconic Heaven nightclub, the ownership of Burke's Peerage, the
formation of the Soho Gyms and a portfolio of property investments in the trendiest
retail streets in London, Jeremy Norman has never lost sight of the promise he had
made himself on leaving Cambridge in the early 1970s, to find fulfilment, fun and
"make some money on the way". TB 409419.
The bell jar. 1966. Read by volunteers, 7 hours 10 minutes. TB 401064.
A terse account of an American girl's breakdown and treatment. TB 401064.
Kiss of the spider woman. 1984. 9 hours 23 minutes. TB 407555.
Two prisoners, Luis Molina and Valentín Arregui, share a cell in a Buenos Aires
Prison. Molina, an effeminate and openly homosexual window-dresser, is in jail for
"corruption of a minor," while Valentín is a political prisoner who is part of a
revolutionary group trying to overthrow the government. The two men, seemingly
opposites in every way, form an intimate bond in their cell, and their relationship
changes both of them in profound ways. TB 407555.
The autobiography of Alice B Toklas. 1990. Read by volunteers, 8 hours 2
minutes. TB 400236.
Gertrude Stein wrote "The autobiography of Alice B Toklas" is 1932 using as a
sounding board her companion Miss Toklas, who had been with her for twenty-five
years. The book is full of the most lucid and shapely anecdotes. TB 400236.
Secrets of the flesh: a life of Colette. 1999. Read by volunteers, 23 hours 31
minutes. TB 400331.
This biography examines the life Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Along with her husband,
she wrote erotic novels which became the greatest French bestsellers of all time.
Colette also became one of the first women to report from the front lines of World
War I, and edited the literary pages of a major daily. She was also a lesbian
demimonde and later became the wife of the Baron de Jouvenal. TB 400331.
Recorded using Synthetic Speech.
Up all night: adventures in lesbian sex. 2004. Recorded using synthetic
speech, 7 hours 28 minutes. TB 407912.
Up All Night presents the uncensored sizzling words of real women describing their
hottest, wildest erotic adventures. Contains passages of a sexual nature. TB
Lewis, Marilyn Jaye
Lust: bisexual erotica. 2004. Recorded using synthetic speech, 6 hours 23
minutes. TB 408094.
Women's erotic fiction with a decidedly bisexual bent from the very open
mind of noted erotica writer Marilyn Jaye Lewis. Contains passages of a sexual
nature. TB 408094.
The gay man's Kama Sutra. 2003. Recorded using synthetic speech, 3 hours
10 minutes. TB 408296.
The famed ancient Indian guide to lovemaking, the Kama Sutra has been used to
enhance sexual experiences since the 4th century. Now a leading gay author has
reinterpreted this iconic erotic manual to create a great sex guide for gay lovers.
Contains passages of a sexual nature. TB 408296.
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