Raise your rainbow umbrellas high and celebrate!
Enjoy this enchanting, entertaining and thought-provoking collection, a heartfelt expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our people.
Contributors include: Alex Beecroft, Jennie Caldwell, Stevie Carroll, Charlie Cochrane, Lucy Felthouse, Elin Gregory, Mara Ismine, Clare London, Anna Marie May, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jay Rookwood, Chris Smith, Stevie Woods, Lisa Worrall, and Serena Yates. Edited by: UK MAT (UK Meet Acquisitions Team).
And here’s a little snippet of my story, Good Breeding, a light-hearted look at that most British of preoccupations, class:
"Mummy," Giles said next morning, hovering by the Aga as his mother did something complicated with the pressure cooker, "am I a snob?" He’d made sure Oz was safely occupied with the PS3 and out of earshot.
His mother turned, a picture of elegance as always. He’d spent many happy hours, as a child, trying on her wardrobe of frothy chiffon dresses and crisp linen jackets. And the shoes… High ones, and low ones. Shoes of every style and hue, some of them custom-dyed to match particular outfits. Delicate strappy sandals, and cheeky little peep-toed courts… Really, it was quite astonishing that it’d taken him until he was seventeen to realise he was gay. The fact that his mother had given him tickets for a Kylie Minogue concert for his birthday—and suggested he invite a rather nice young boy who worked at her hairdresser’s to go along with him—should probably have given him a clue, too.
"Darling, you’re our son and we love you unconditionally," she said, laying a kiss on the top of his head.
Giles sighed into her Chanel-scented bosom. "That’s a yes, isn’t it?"
"I’m afraid so, Giles. We’ve known for some time, but I think your father’s still hoping it’s just a phase and you’ll grow out of it."