Pride Picks

To celebrate Pride month the Backstory team have picked out a couple of their favourite LGBTQ+ books. Hard to narrow this one down!

Blessings by Chukwuebuka Ibeh
A beautiful coming of age story about love and loneliness set on the backdrop of 2000s Nigeria.
- Savannah 
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers 
An award-winning space opera with incredible characterisation and world building.
- Darby 
A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon
The incredible prequel to The Priory of the Orange Tree and dare I say even better. An sweeping epic set around three incredible women. 
- Savannah 
Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski
A wonderful story of love set in 1980s Poland.
- Tom 
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 
This poetic novel is absolutely stunning and explores the emotions around coming out as a teenager, as well as growing up from a working class immigrant family.
- Darby 
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
An incredible memoir about queer abuse that explodes the form of a memoir in the most interesting of ways. 
- Savannah 
Fire Island by Jack Parlett
A compelling slice of life history that explores the complicated 'queer utopia' of the slim strip of land off New York. 
Private Rites by Julia Armfield
A haunting novel of three sisters navigating queer love and faith at the end of the world. 
- Amy