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Georgiana's Closet [Paperback]

Dale Gunthorp
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3 Jun 1999
A high-camp story about a group of dykes, stylish transsexuals and glamorous queens. Into their 1980s London circle comes Lucy, a plain-faced, hungry, blunt and extremely manipulative young lesbian who has a lethal effect on their pretentiously self-indulgent, narcissistic world.

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  • Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd (3 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860497454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860497452
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,843,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A more deliciously bilious read would be hard to find' -- TIME OUT

'An arch and affectionate chronicle of closeted queer miscreants in London ... a brittle and brilliant comedy of manners...' -- Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dale Gunthorpe was born in South Africa in 1941 and has lived in London since 1965. She began writing fiction in the late 1980's with a collection of short stories, The Flying Hart. Virago also publish Looking for Ammu, her crime novel.

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4.0 out of 5 stars From the back cover... 31 Mar 2007
Beyond the glorious windows of Georgiana's drawing room prowl fear, poverty and loneliness. But inside, at their monthly soirees under the chandeliers, Georgiana and her friends are beautiful people - camp, gay, and secure against the vulnerabilities that are themselves. There is Toby Hume, Foreign Office chief by day, wanderer on Hampstead Heath by night; alcoholic Midge, gentle school teacher and great lover; Chelsey, fiery middle-aged actress, still waiting for her moment of glory; Garbo-ish Fiona and her photographer partner, Lorraine; Ulric, who wants to transcend the commonplace with his music, but surrenders to the attentions of Steven-john, a transsexual with a passion for male bonding.

The party, severely and serenely controlled by Georgiana, never varies. Then Lorraine brings along Lucy -- plain-faced, strong-willed, hungry and desperate to belong. The wolves are at Georgiana's door...
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Midge was a bit frumpy and her doggiemania got a bit tired after a a few chapters. Other than that I enjoyed the book; it provided a wonderful glimpse on that Hampstead Heath crowd that you just can't get here in California. Georgiana is a frigid icon who makes and destroys her tight circle of 'friends'. Lucy was pedestrian and I agree with Georgiana that she did not belong in that atmosphere, but she's the raison d'etre for the book. As an American reader (albeit Anglophile) I sometimes felt I was missing some abstruce facets of the humor, but I so very much enjoy portrayals of these cultured, jaded creatures we don't ofen encounter on this side of the Big Pond, let alone on this side of the Mississippi. It did paint a picture of homosexuals as sniveling and snide with a penchant to hide. These aren't the types you see traipsing about the nightclubs a la Leigh Bowery, but a more rarified breed of hothouse flower that sticks with it's own kind.
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