The Long Firm - Jake Arnott
the outsider status of homosexuality is shared by villain, 'rent boy' and Lord alike
| 15 Jul 2006
It's on the Big Gay Read list because, as Starks says, "I'm homosexual but I'm not gay" Ã¢Â€Â“ he's a huge fan of Judy Garland, but unable to have a loving relationship with anyone except his mum. The atmosphere of the 1960s before the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (Scotland took until 1981) is vividly portrayed, and the outsider status of homosexuality is shared by villain, 'rent boy' and Lord alike.
Starks appears as a minor character in Arnott's next two books, 'He Kills Coopers' and 'Truecrime', but this is the one to read. [Ian Watters]