Books with a central gay character

You will find no lack of tragedies and lost opportunities in gay stories. Queer fiction opens up the joys and sorrows of gay life. Recognising another soul who thinks and feels like you in a story is life-affirming and transformational. The power of reading lies also in becoming aware of the complexity and beauty of lives that are different from your own.

There’s a lot of exuberance, resistance, bravery and passion to be found in these stories. Plus plenty of thrills and conspiracies, dreams and mysteries. Stories of gay life can be thrilling and edgy - but also full of contemplation and tenderness.


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Love Without Resistance

Gilles Rozier

We the Animals

Justin Torres

Always You, Edina

V G Lee

Born under Punches

Martyn Waites

A Life Apart

Neel Mukherjee

White is for Witching

Helen Oyeyemi


Ari Bach

Me and Mickie James

Drew Gummerson

King of the Badgers

Philip Hensher

Wonder Girls

Catherine Jones


Négar Djavadi

Who Will Love Polly Odlum?

Anne Marie Forrest

Crossing Jordan

Jack Dickson

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Natasha Pulley

2 Girls

Perihan Magden

Mouths of Babes

Stella Duffy

The Quiet Violence of Dreams

K Duiker

The Prophet Murders

Mehnet Murat Somer

Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

Shani Mootoo

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

All the Rage

Paul Magrs

The Dandelion Clock

Jay Mandal

The House of Impossible Beauties

Joseph Cassara

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Janna Levin


Paul Golding

Black Wave

Michelle Tea

Red Doc

Anne Carson

Butterfly Soup

Jan Marsh

Occupy Me

Tricia Sullivan

A Choreographer's Cartography

Raman Mundair

America is Not the Heart

Elaine Castillo

The Cutting Room

Louise Welsh

Skin Lane

Neil Bartlett

What Belongs to You

Garth Greenwell

The Back Passage

James Lear


Michael Carson

Swan Song

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

You Will Be Safe Here

Damian Barr

End of Miss Kind

Donald Rawley

Spelling Mississippi

Marnie Woodrow

Looking Glass Lives

Felice Picano

The Night Watch

Sarah Waters

The Girl on the Stairs

Louise Welsh

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

In Clara's Hands

Joseph Olshan

The Boy I Love

Marion Husband

The Olive Groves of Belchite

Elena Moya Pereira

The Beautifully Worthless

Ali Liebegott

Dead Horsemeat

Dominique Manotti

China Mountain Zhang

Maureen F McHugh