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In Queer City, the acclaimed Peter Ackroyd looks at London in a whole new way - through the complete history and experiences of its gay and lesbian 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. And so began an endless loop of alternating permissiveness and censure. Ackroyd takes us right into the hidden history of the city; from the notorious Normans to the frenzy of executions for sodomy in the early 19th century. He journeys through the coffee bars of 60s Soho to gay liberation, disco music, and the horror of AIDS. Ackroyd reveals the hidden story of London, with its diversity, thrills, and energy, as well as its terrors, dangers, and risks, and in doing so, explains the origins of all English-speaking gay culture.

©2018 Peter Ackroyd (P)2018 Abrams Press

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Fascinating and informative

I love this book, although it's obviously very much a survey and a pop history, it includes loads of information that make for great jumping off points for further research. The reader's voice is lovely and he reads at just the right pace though the audio did seem to repeat now and then at occasional points in the text. Lots of fun, lots of great historical anecdotes that give one a greater appreciation for gay history.

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Be Gay, Do Crimes: A History

I began listening to this audiobook for some research. It quickly evolved into bingeing this book to which I think everyone should listen. The narrator is truly excellent; you can practically hear his coy smirking. One could easily retitle this history as "Be Gay, Do Crimes: A History". I've learned an incredible amount and been entertained all the way, all while finding a new connection to my queer ancestors I never knew before. 11/10 Will read again and again and again. 🏳️‍🌈