This list features some of my favourite books that have LGBT+ characters and also just happen to be stunning reads.
Its great now that so many authors are not just integrating LGBT + characters into their stories, but making them the lead character. It is a positive start! Lets hope the momentum continues.
I think The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller will always be one of the greatest reading loves of my life. I simply adore it beyond measure.
Well this book absolutely has to be on this list, I love it and I always will. Tin Man is simply one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.
Next come two wonderful novels from Louise Beech. Both I Am Dust and The Lion Tamer Who Lost are superb reads.
This is the first Patrick Gale book I have read and it won’t be the last.
Yet again another author of whom I have only read the one novel and I need to rectify this, because The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, makes me want to read all her books.
The Color Purple is for me a great American classic, about hardship, suffering, survival and love.
What else needs to be said about The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain other than it is stunning.
Oh The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is still my favourite book of hers and the first one I read.
I love a good thriller and Firewatching by Russ Thomas is definately exciting.
From the pen of T S Hunter we have the Soho Noir Series, perfectly formed novella’s full of a magnifient range of characters.
This Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone is a wonder combination, of family drama and thriller.
Another much loved read from Orenda publishing is Attend by West Camel.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin is deeply moving and heart-breaking on times, it is also a stunning depiction of love and family.
There are so many other books out there containing LGBT+ characters and if you have any favourites, please let me know and I will add them to my TBR pile.
All these books can of course be bought from Amazon and Waterstones, but why not order it from your local independent bookshop. They need our support more than ever now!