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Book Reviews by Rebecca Kagan
THE LETTERS OF VITA SACKVILLE-WEST
AND VIRGINIA WOOLF
LOUISE DESALVO & MITCHELL LEASKA EDS
Vita and Virginia met at a dinner party,
fell deeply in love, and began a passionate
correspondence that lasted for nineteen years,
until Virginia’s sad death in 1941. Five hundred
letters record the tentative beginning of their relationship and
the flush of new love, and continue with the gossip and worries
of their everyday lives. An amazing and moving record of an
intimate relationship between two much loved writers.
A sensual and gothic tale of forbidden schoolgirl
love and compulsion, set in France in the 1950s.
Sabine is a new teacher with a dangerous secret,
and she has the senior girls in a flutter. Just a
touch of Colette in this new one from the pulp
BETH MOORE $24.95
Lynn Gregory is a cool-headed investment
analyst, and used to taking risks. When her gay
friend Matt asks her to participate in a charade
to hide his sexuality, it seems harmless enough.
Chris Newman is the straight woman who
agrees to pose as Matt’s fiancé. What starts as a
friendly threesome, becomes complicated and entertaining when,
natch…you’ve guessed…Lynn and Chris realise their deep
attraction. A good read from a first-time writer.
SELECTED WORKS OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
VIRGINIA WOOLF $19.95
A beautiful volume and a special gift edition
of some of Virginia’s best writing, includes
Mrs Dalloway, Orlando, The Waves, Three
Guineas, A Room Of One’s Own and more.
Something to treasure, keep forever, and go
back to again and again.
JUSTICE IN THE SHADOWS
BOLD STROKES BOOKS
A monthly list would not be complete without
the latest best seller from Radclyffe, who keeps
producing great books at the rate of knots. This
time Detective Sergeant Rebecca Frye and her
lover Dr Catherine Rawlings join forces in the
elusive search for justice. They are attempting to
uncover a pornography ring with the help of an assorted group of
women, and of course romance is in the air.
BEING NORMAL IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE
WAYNE MARTINO & MARIA PALLOTTA-
Two Australian writers who are great friends
of the GLBTI community present an excellent
resource for teachers and schools on adolescent
perspectives on gender and school. They have
a good look at what it means to be a girl, a boy,
about bullying and harassment, and what it
means to be cool. They also shine a light on homophobia, and
how it affects all kids, straight or gay.
THE WELL OF LONELINESS
RADCLYFFE HALL $22.95
This is possibly the most famous lesbian book
ever written. Hall was an aristocrat writing in
London in the 1920s, and her lover was Lady
Una Troubridge. The Well Of Loneliness became
notorious when Hall was charged with obscenity;
her book was banned, and then went on to
become a classic best seller. It is not a happy story, but reflects
the pressures of homophobia of the time. Part of our lesbian
history, and consequently should be read by all!
JANE FONDA: MY LIFE SO FAR
JANE FONDA $49.95
A vastly entertaining autobiography/memoir
from a gorgeous woman who has no hesitation
in telling all, as you may have gathered from her
recent interview with Andrew Denton on ABC
TV. The interview just touched the surface of
her fascinating life. Read the book for more. For
once an autobiography that is honest and true, and very personal.
1. Justice in the Shadows Radclyffe
2. Lost Daughters J.M. Redmann
3. Fingersmith Sarah Waters
4. Sabine A.P.
5. My Summer of Love Helen Cross
1. The Unusual Life of Edna Walling Sara Hardy
2. Private Pink Lesbian Calendar 2006
3. The Rivals Johnette Howard
4. Undoing Gender Judith Butler
5. The Good Parts Nicole Foster
*List supplied courtesy of The Feminist Bookshop
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