From Library Journal
London-based journalist Jivani presents an anecdotal history of gay and lesbian life in Great Britain from the end of World War I to the present. Like Between the Acts: Lives of Homosexual Men 1885-1967 (LJ 2/15/91), this history is based on the reminiscences of contributors who were active at various times throughout the century. Unlike that book, Jivani's work includes the stories of lesbians as well as gay men. The author's goal is to present a history of regular people that looks beyond "the works of the great and the good." The result is light and interesting reading, though one must wonder whether the experiences of these 36 people are representative. Apparently, Jivani relied almost solely on the testimonies of his contributors; he provides no citations outside the bibliography. An interesting primary source for comprehensive gay and lesbian collections.?Debra Moore, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
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About the Author
Alkarim Jivani is an editor for the London arts and entertainment magazine Time Out. Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and educated in Tanzania, Kenya, and the United Kingdom, he graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in philosophy and literature. He lives in London with his partner.