‘Sam Kenyon’s ‘I am not Raymond Wallace: one man’s mistake is another man’s making’ reviewed by Jonathan Kemp for Queerguru

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  In this impressive debut, Sam Kenyon offers a painful meditation on lost opportunities and the grievous consequences of thwarted love. In prose that is as delicate as it is precise, we are given the tale of Ray and Joe, whose lives entwine briefly in New York in 1963 when Ray is just 21 years … Continue reading

Queerguru’s Jonathan Kemp reviews Justin David’s KISSING THE LIZARD “an enjoyable read, spiced with black humor”

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  In the desert, no one can hear you, queen reads the blurb on the cover, a nice riff on the tag line for Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic Alien, and a cute nod to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It’s also a neat summary of this novella’s themes of extraterrestrials and journeying through barren … Continue reading


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Queerguru asked two of our prominent book reviewers for their FIVE FAVORITE QUEER BOOKS OF 2021.   Queerguru London Contributing Editor Jonathan Kemp writes fiction and non-fiction and teaches creative writing at Middlesex University. He is the author of two novels – London Triptych (2010), which won the 2011 Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, … Continue reading

Queerguru’s Jonathan Kemp gets his hands on HOMOSTASH DIARIES 2

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  Launched during the lockdown, Homostash Diaries continues with a second issue of all things moustachioed, and another set of charming photos of charming facial hair and interviews. This time around the irrepressible and irresistible Casey Spooner gives a good interview, discussing the after-effects of lockdown on his career and on his commitment to being … Continue reading

Between Certain Death & A Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up in The AIDS Crisis : reviewed by Jonathan Kemp

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Reaching sexual maturity is an overwhelming enough experience at the best of times: worrying that everything is functioning properly and there was nothing untoward about what one did or how one did it; but for an entire generation, like myself, reaching puberty in the 1980s, that stage of our lives was made scarier yet by … Continue reading

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