Great! But why do there only appear to be two women authors? Gender may be a social construct, and fluid…. but sexism is real. Gay men still have male privilege.
If this list a bit too modish for other PN readers (it certainly is for me) then I wholeheartedly recommend Gyles Brandreth’s ‘Oscar Wilde and . . .’ series of whodunnits (http://www.oscarwildemurdermysteries.com/). I just read ‘Oscar Wilde and the Nest of Vipers’. Very exciting and oh so gay! Brandreth has Wilde down to a tee!!
I still can’t quite believe I made the long-list. It was flattered to have been asked to read at Polari last week, let alone be in the running for the prize. I’m now in the process of reading everyone’s stuff and having a great time doing it.
As a bisexual woman of transsexual history, I find it very disturbing that the Polari panel think that including a book by what seems to be basically a radical faerie (who wears dresses at the same time as a full beard) makes their long list, and their prize, “LGBT”. It doesn’t convince me they have a clue, or any right to colonise our experience or culture.