Modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War
Ten authors – in thirteen stories – explore the experiences of GLBTQI people during World War I. In what ways were their lives the same as or different from those of other people?
A London pub, an English village, a shell-hole on the Front, the outskirts of Thai Nguyen city, a ship in heavy weather off Zeebrugge, a civilian internment camp … Loves and griefs that must remain unspoken, unexpected freedoms, the tensions between individuality and duty, and every now and then the relief of recognition. You’ll find both heartaches and joys in this astonishing range of thought-provoking stories.
An anthology featuring authors:
- Julie Bozza
- Barry Brennessel
- Charlie Cochrane
- Sam Evans
- Lou Faulkner
- Adam Fitzroy
- Wendy C. Fries
- Z. McAspurren
- Eleanor Musgrove
- Jay Lewis Taylor
65,000 words/260 pages
Publication 1 May 2015
Also available in paperback from the CreateSpace eStore and your regional Amazon marketplace.
Please note: All proceeds will be donated to The Royal British Legion.
Short-listed for the Historical Novel Society (HNS) Indie Award 2016.
Finalist in the LGBT Anthology category of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards.
Nominated in the Best Anthology category of the Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards 2015.
“An excellent anthology of World War 1 stories all told with a remarkable eye for authenticity and a great deal of love and compassion.”
Review by Rainbow Awards judge at Reviews and Ramblings 13 November 2015
RAINBOW AWARDS 2015
” …an excellent reminder that even when things are tough (…) for LGBT people a hundred years ago, they were much more dangerous.”
Review by Ace Katzenbooks for The Book Breeze, posted 23 October 2015
“It’s high-quality writing throughout …”
Review by Feliz at Prism Book Alliance 21 August 2015
“… superbly written … Entertaining, emotional and thought provoking …”
Review by Christoph Fischer at the Historical Novel Society 1 August 2015
“I want to meet all of these characters.”
Review by Astilbe at Long and Short Reviews 1 June 2015
” … couldn’t wait to get stuck into this book … it’s like a box of chocolates … “
Sally’s and Mark’s review at Sinfully 24 May 2015
” … a superb collection of stories that give voices to those who were silenced by the mainstream at the time … “
Review by Narelle at Adventurous Hearts 1 May 2015
“I can, hand on heart, say that I didn’t find one [story] that didn’t move me or make me think … “
Review by Kizzia at Odds and Ends 29 April 2015
“This is an anthology in which every story is an excellent read … “
Review by Amos at Reviews by Amos Lassen 19 April 2015
“The editing is superb and the writing exceedingly good to sublime. … I could not believe the depth and breadth of storytelling in each individual story.”
Review by Kazza K at On Top Down Under Book Reviews 11 April 2015
No Man’s Land
Drew was born neither boy nor girl, but he was raised as a man, and now he is desperate to enlist to prove himself. His lover, who fought in the Transvaal twelve years before, is just as desperate to dissuade him.
Wendy C. Fries
Time goes tick-tock forward, turning boys into men and men into soldiers, but sometimes a man is left behind. Christopher Timlock meant to join the London Regiment with James Gant, but the British Army had other ideas. So Chrissie made a promise: he would wait for Jamie, for as long as it took. And he would remember.
During the war, people lived their lives in different ways. Even separated by a country, however, a sister and a brother’s thoughts circled around similar ideas. One was a worker in a factory, and the other was on the Front Line; both had something important taken from them because of the war, and the thing they’d lost had a way of always entering their minds.
Lena and the Swan
or, The Lesbian Lothario
While the men are away, Lena will play … She delivers the mail, and happily takes advantage of some of the women on her route whose husbands are at war. But then a Miss Cawkwell moves into the house at Fields Corner, and Lena’s world begins to shift.
Alfred Schuchard is a baker, the English-born son of a German immigrant, and stuck in a civilian internment camp for the duration of the war. The last thing he needs is for life to get any more complicated. But then a new arrival at camp turns what little still made sense in his world on its head …
Break of Day in the Trenches
Jay Lewis Taylor
Escaping from the German lines hasn’t gone to plan. Second Lieutenant David Lewry is sheltering from the barrage in a German dug-out, literally thrown together with Captain David Russell-Hansford-Barnes. Although the two seem to have nothing in common beyond their first name, they share two things: a desire to get back to the British lines, and a desire to live. Then, as they talk through the wait for dawn, the realisation comes on them that they share still more.
Per Ardua Ad Astra
Summer, 1916. The survival of the young aviators of the Royal Flying Corps depends, more often than not, on absolute trust and teamwork. On the eve of the Somme, two such young men watch the storm-clouds gathering, and prepare themselves as best they can for what is to come.
The Man Left Behind
Henrietta’s not happy about the men – her brother included – marching off to war, of course not. But perhaps every cloud, however dark, does have a silver lining?
A doctor, a padre, a packet of Black Cat cigarettes and a night in a shell hole; an unexpected confession provides a ray of hope in the darkness.
A Rooted Sorrow
The war has an effect on those at home, too. Mrs Mercer, preoccupied with thoughts of her son, learns about Simon’s love for Alfred – a startling contrast to her own unhappy marriage. But what will the implications of this knowledge be, and how might it possibly influence their future lives?
At the Gate
Jay Lewis Taylor
Aboard HMS Arion, ploughing southward in heavy weather to a rendezvous off Zeebrugge, Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander Alan Kershaw has much to contend with: seasickness, anxious messmates, and the depredations of the ship’s rat on his medical texts, for a start. Worse than all of these, however, is having to keep his grief secret when anyone else would be allowed to mourn …
After & Before
It is 1918 and the Great War is drawing to a close. Life in Britain has changed. Men are returning home injured, traumatised and severely damaged by what they have seen on the Front Line. Dr Robert Wallace was never one of those men. Disabled by a motorbike accident and unable to fight, he now cares for the men who went out there and did their duty – men like Wilfred Cahill, Robert’s lover, who left him four years before to go to war.
They met as boys in the Tonkin region of French Indochina. Years later, as war rages in Europe, the relationship between Bùi Vân Minh and Ngô Công Thao is tested in ways they never imagined. France clings desperately to her colony as a growing surge of independence sweeps through Tonkin, Annam, and Cochinchina. The two men are caught up in wildly different circumstances, but the one constant they have is each other.