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Queens' Country

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Subtitled "A tour around the Gay Ghettos, Queer Spots and Camp Sights of Britain", Paul Burston's Queens' Country mixes travel writing with social observation and thoughts about modern gay male culture. The result is a British equivalent of Edmund White's States of Desire: Travels in Gay America. Starting from South Wales (where Burston grew up) and ending in London (naturally), Queens' Country includes chapters on Manchester, Derbyshire, Edinburgh, Belfast, Essex and Somerset. Not everyone is going to agree with Burston's views on the gay community and the commercial scene, but his writing is always entertaining, even at its most trenchant.

His prose is full of sharp observations and deliciously bitchy asides. He also includes some amusing stories about his own experiences of growing up gay. As well as illuminating his love-hate relationship with the gay scene, these anecdotes give the book an additional, and revealing, dimension.

Insisting that there's more to gayness than Gaytime TV, Queens' Country gives a window on a wide variety of urban and rural gay lives, and in doing so amply demonstrates the diversity of British queer life. With its tales of Bristol sex workers and Edinburgh booksellers, it's nothing if not readable. -- Vincent Quinn

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Hardback Editions

June 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: Title: QUEENS / ' COUNTRY
Author(s): Paul Burston
ISBN: 0-316-88174-0 / 978-0-316-88174-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Paperback Editions

June 1999 : UK Paperback

Title: Queens' Country: A Tour Around the Gay Ghettos, Queer Spots and Camp Sights of Britain
Author(s): Paul Burston
ISBN: 0-349-11178-2 / 978-0-349-11178-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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Audio Editions

August 1999 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: No1 Ladies Detective Agency
Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
ISBN: 0-349-11782-9 / 978-0-349-11782-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK