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Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day Hardcover – Illustrated, May 8, 2018

4.1 out of 5 stars 95 ratings

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Editorial Reviews

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“Spanning centuries, the book is a fantastically researched project that is obviously close to the author’s heart . . . An exciting look at London’s queer history and a tribute to the ‘various human worlds maintained in [the city’s] diversity despite persecution, condemnation, and affliction.’”
(Kirkus Reviews)

“[Ackroyd’s] work is highly anecdotal and near encyclopedic . . . the book is fascinating in its careful exposition of the singularities—and commonalities—of gay life, both male and female. Ultimately it is, as he concludes, a celebration as well as a history.”
(Booklist)

"Queer City is a witty history-cum-tribute to gay London, from the Roman "wolf dens" through Oscar Wilde and Gay Pride marches to the present day."
 
(ShelfAwareness)

“British historian Ackroyd presents a scintillating history of homosexuality in London.”
(Publishers Weekly)

“Always entertaining . . . much to be recommended.”
(The Spectator)

“A nimble, uproarious pocket history of sex in his beloved metropolis.”
(Independent)

“Ackroyd has an encyclopedic knowledge of London, and a poet’s instinct for its strange, mesmerizing drives and urges . . . Queer City contains something to alarm or fascinate on every page.”
(The Mail on Sunday)

“Droll, provocative and crammed to busting with startling facts.”
(The Guardian)

“Succinct, perceptive and robust.”
(Daily Telegraph)

About the Author

Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning historian, biographer, novelist, poet, and broadcaster. He is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction bestsellers London: The Biography, Thames, and London Under; biographies of figures including Charles Dickens, William Blake, and Alfred Hitchcock; and a multi-volume history of England. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and the Somerset Maugham Award. He holds a CBE for services to literature and lives in London.

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  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781419730993
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1419730993
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated Edition (May 8, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 1419730991
  • Customer Reviews:
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 4, 2019
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M. WYNNE-ELLIS
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so gay
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his previous historical tomes
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1.0 out of 5 stars There must be an interesting book on this subject. This isn't it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting facts, but no real analysis
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 31, 2020
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