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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and highly readable
This is a thoroughly well researched academic book but you immediately notice how easy it is to read with a perfect balance between precise analysis and accessibility. The book uses numerous personal stories and examples to illustrate the various points and really draws you into the complex lives that were necessary for its subjects and the shadowy world they were forced...
Published on 4 Mar. 2007 by K. Booth

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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting account of a previous time, but not a light read
If you're a gay man living in London in 2006, and you're regularly out on the scene, you have lots of gay friends, you perhaps go on gay holidays, you shop at gay stores, and are out at work, and you are generally proud of yourself ... but you sometimes wonder what life might have been like for your equivalents fifty years ago... then this book might shed some...
Published on 8 Feb. 2006 by Phil Clark


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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and highly readable, 4 Mar. 2007
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K. Booth (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a thoroughly well researched academic book but you immediately notice how easy it is to read with a perfect balance between precise analysis and accessibility. The book uses numerous personal stories and examples to illustrate the various points and really draws you into the complex lives that were necessary for its subjects and the shadowy world they were forced to inhabit. This book will interest anyone who has even a passing interest in the subject and is well worth reading. It even looks good on your coffee table.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting account of a previous time, but not a light read, 8 Feb. 2006
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If you're a gay man living in London in 2006, and you're regularly out on the scene, you have lots of gay friends, you perhaps go on gay holidays, you shop at gay stores, and are out at work, and you are generally proud of yourself ... but you sometimes wonder what life might have been like for your equivalents fifty years ago... then this book might shed some light on that question. Read it and realise how far we have come in that time. Here is a description of the entirely underground, secretive world with which you would have had to engage should you just have wanted to have a drink with like-minded souls in London in the first half of the 20th century. Don't let anyone tell you "things were better in the old days" because here is definite evidence to the contrary - things were quite obviously very bad indeed at that time for London's gay men, and presumably worse in the provinces.
Don't expect amusing anecdotes though - the tone of the book is somewhat dry, and there are very few illustrations, but this is not meant to be light-hearted reading by any means - more a valid document of a difficult subject.
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