Six sapphic romance novels you should add to your summer reading list right now

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Whether you’re (finally) going on holiday or just relaxing in your back garden, these reads are perfect for a sunny afternoon BY POLLY ANGELOVA As the famous Grease song goes, summer lovin’ does happen so fast, especially if you’re the main character in a romance novel. What’s more exciting, however, is that the past couple [….]

Want to know how to get over a breakup? Ask a lesbian

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Comedian, podcaster and writer Rosie Wilby introduces her brand new book, The Breakup Monologues BY ROSIE WILBY My new book The Breakup Monologues, based very loosely on my podcast of the same name, is out today. The book includes a chapter about my peculiar experience of participating in a “sex lab” investigating queer female desire [….]

The best lesbian must-reads according to UK’s oldest LGBTQI bookshop

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DIVA gets lost in the lesbian literature section of Gay’s The Word BY MARTINE HESS On 66 Marchmont Street, London, tucked in between an internet cafe and an art gallery, rests a piece of queer history. This is home to Gay’s The Word, the UK’s first and oldest LGBTQI bookshop. Established in 1979, it has [….]

Book review: A Boob’s Life

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“As a trans woman, this book gripped me like no other I can remember” BY SOPHIE ROBBINS What do you call your breasts? At one point, US novelist and screenwriter Leslie Lehr’s magisterial “boob biog” lists 146 nicknames for the human mammary gland. You smirk or blink at terms like kahunas and sweater meat, but [….]

A deep dive into the sensational new novel by Stella Duffy

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DIVA editor Carrie Lyell chats to the acclaimed writer and performer about her new book, Lullaby Beach BY CARRIE LYELL Devoured Stella Duffy’s latest novel, Lullaby Beach, and left wanting more after reading our interview in the April issue? You’re in luck… Lullaby Beach has had wonderful reviews from critics and readers alike. Are they [….]

DIVA Book Club: Here’s what we’re reading in April

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Join our DIVA Community on Facebook for monthly Book Club discussions and interviews with the author! BY DIVA STAFF If you haven’t already joined the DIVA Community, now is the perfect time. It’s our very own digital hangout space, created by us to bring the LGBTQI community closer together during these difficult days. To keep us [….]

Four queer books getting me through lockdown

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Michele Theil shares her lockdown reading recommendations   BY MICHELE THEIL Lockdown has been hard on all of us, but LGBTQI+ people especially have struggled without the support of their queer community and chosen family, and even more so if they live in unsafe or homophobic environments forcing them to stay closeted.  While some have [….]