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SOME OF THE BIG­GEST NAMES IN GAY LIT­ER­A­TURE AND PHO­TOG­RA­PHY HAVE LONGAWAITE­D RE­LEASES DUE IN 2017, RE­PORTS GRAEME AITKEN.

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Maupin, Hollinghur­st, Ack­royd.

MARK HEN­DER­SON’S COLOUR EX­PLO­SION

This new project from Mark Hen­der­son is a strik­ing coun­ter­point to the images in his pre­vi­ous pub­li­ca­tion, Lap Of Luxury, which con­sisted of pho­to­graphs with an in­ten­tion­ally sub­tle pal­ette of whites, greys, blacks and beiges. In this new book daz­zling colour is the pri­mary for­mal mo­tif… though it will only en­hance and not over­shadow the well-hung, of­ten erect mod­els and their mag­nif­i­cent physiques. Due out in June.

DAVID VANCE’S EMO­TIONS

In his new book, ac­claimed pho­tog­ra­pher David Vance shares his par­tic­u­lar vi­sion of emo­tions. “As a beauty ad­dict, I am com­pelled to pho­tograph­ing beau­ti­ful sub­jects. When I see some­thing that is beau­ti­ful, I want to show it to the world the way I have ex­pe­ri­enced it,” he says. The re­sul­tant emo­tion for the viewer is of­ten un­bri­dled lust! The col­lec­tion of works is due for re­lease in Europe in March.

ALAN HOLLINGHUR­ST’S MYS­TERY

Noth­ing is known about Alan Hollinghur­st’s sixth novel ex­cept for the ti­tle – The Sparsholt Affair – and that it is due to be pub­lished in Novem­ber. Nei­ther his pub­lisher nor his agent have re­leased any de­tails. At the Jaipur Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val in Jan­uary, where he ap­peared, Hollinghur­st con­firmed that he’d fin­ished the book two weeks ear­lier.

ARMISTEAD MAUPIN’S MEM­OIR

How did Maupin evolve from a con­ser­va­tive son of the Old South into a gay rights pi­o­neer and scan­de­lous au­thor? He ex­plains in the funny, poignant and un­flinch­ing Log­i­cal Fam­ily: A Mem­oir, due out in Oc­to­ber.

Af­ter los­ing his vir­gin­ity to an­other man, Maupin packs up and heads west to San Fran­cisco in the early 1970s. There he plunges head­long into an ex­hil­a­rat­ing Eden of gay bath­houses and un­re­pen­tant free spir­its. While work­ing odd jobs, he be­gins to ab­sorb im­pres­sions of the city that he weaves into an epic ur­ban saga for the next 40 years; Tales Of The City.

Along the way Maupin’s stum­bling search for his ‘log­i­cal fam­ily’ is re­vealed with can­dour and self-ef­fac­ing hu­mour. He loses some of his dear­est friends to AIDS and, ear­lier than any other writer, wields his fic­tion to make oth­ers feel the weight of that loss.

PETER ACK­ROYD’S GAY LON­DON HIS­TORY

In Queer City: Gay Lon­don From The Ro­mans To The Present Day (due out in June), Ack­royd looks at Lon­don in a whole new way – through the his­tory and ex­pe­ri­ences of its gay pop­u­la­tion.

In Ro­man Lon­dinium (the name of the set­tle­ment where Lon­don is now) the city was dot­ted with lu­pa­naria (‘wolf dens’ or pub­lic plea­sure houses), for­nices (broth­els) and ther­mae (hot baths). Then came the Em­peror Con­stan­tine, with his bish­ops, monks and mis­sion­ar­ies, and thus be­gan an end­less loop of al­ter­nat­ing per­mis­sive­ness and cen­sure.

Ack­royd takes us from the no­to­ri­ous Nor­mans to the frenzy of ex­e­cu­tions for sodomy in the early 19th Cen­tury. He jour­neys through the cof­fee bars of Six­ties Soho to Gay Lib­er­a­tion, disco mu­sic and the hor­ror of AIDS. Ack­royd tells us the hid­den story of queer Lon­don and how it got there; cel­e­brat­ing its di­ver­sity, thrills and en­ergy on the one hand but re­mind­ing us of its very real ter­rors, dan­gers and risks on the other.

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