LLF Online Book Club

Welcome to Lambda Literary’s online book club. This book club will highlight a different lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender book each month. The books selected will be a heady mix of LGBT classics, unheralded gems, and buzz-worthy new releases.

We hope you’ll read along with us each month and share your thoughts on the books in the comments section.

We’d also love to hear your suggestions for upcoming selections or comments on the club in general. E-mail William at wjohnson@lambdaliterary.org.

This month’s selection is Damian Burr’s Maggie & Me:

It’s 12 October 1984. An IRA bomb blows apart the Grand Hotel in Brighton. Miraculously, Margaret Thatcher survives. In small-town Scotland, eight-year-old Damian Barr watches in horror as his mum rips her wedding ring off and packs their bags. He knows he, too, must survive.

Damian, his sister and his Catholic mum move in with her sinister new boyfriend while his Protestant dad shacks up with the glamorous Mary the Canary. Divided by sectarian suspicion, the community is held together by the sprawling Ravenscraig Steelworks. But darkness threatens as Maggie takes hold: she snatches school milk, smashes the unions and makes greed good. Following Maggie’s advice, Damian works hard and plans his escape. He discovers that stories can save your life and – in spite of violence, strikes, AIDS and Clause 28 – manages to fall in love dancing to Madonna in Glasgow’s only gay club.

Maggie & Me is a touching and darkly witty memoir about surviving Thatcher’s Britain; a story of growing up gay in a straight world and coming out the other side in spite of, and maybe because of, the iron lady.

Enjoy and remember: reading is fundamental

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie & Me: Coming Out and Coming of Age in 1980s Scotland
By Damian Barr
Bloomsbury
Paperback,9781620405888, 256 pp.
April 2014

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