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Queer City

(2017)
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In Queer City Peter Ackroyd, our great chronicler of London, looks at the metropolis in a whole new way - through the history and experiences of its gay population.

In Roman Londinium the city was dotted with lupanaria ('wolf dens' or public pleasure houses), fornices (brothels) and thermiae (hot baths). Then came the Emperor Constantine, with his bishops, monks and missionaries. So began an endless loop of alternating permissiveness and censure: the notorious Normans were followed by the wrath of the clergy in the late thirteenth century; a fashion for queerness in the mid-eighteenth century gave into a frenzy of executions for sodomy in the early nineteenth.

The Second World War turned the role and status of the sexes upside down, but when the Wolfenden Report was published in 1957, convictions for homosexual offences rose. In the sixties, 'Lillie Law' still frequented all the haunts, from the White Bear in Piccadilly and the coffee bars of Soho to the notorious Biograph, or Bio-Grope, cinema in Victoria. The seventies brought Gay Liberation and disco music, but then came a new threat, the horror of AIDS, and the wheel of queer fortune turned yet again.

Today, we live in an era of openness and tolerance and Queer London has become part of the new norm. Ackroyd tells us the hidden story of how it got there, celebrating its diversity, thrills and energy on the one hand; but reminding us of its very real terrors, dangers and risks on the other.

'Peter Ackroyd is the greatest living chronicler of London' Independent

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2017 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7011-8880-4 / 978-0-7011-8880-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

May 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7011-8881-2 / 978-0-7011-8881-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Kindle Editions

May 2017 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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