The love that dares: letters of LGBTQ+

This new post is about The Love That Dares: Letters of LGBTQ+ Love Friendship Through History. So, this book is an intimate and inspiring collection of letters revealing some of the greatest queer love stories in history.

Chris review

First, absolutely fabulous read, beautifully researched ,hugely informative, totally fascinating,I wish it had been a longer read.

So, this is a moving, daring and very readable book. It is a valuable resource of letters that have attempted to express feelings that have transformed lives. These are the often secret relationships that may have been frowned on at different times and places throughout the centuries. And indeed, it was illegal in some cases. It is a positive book. Often, love and friendship are always celebrating although people separated by circumstance, as letters rarely pass between those who are physically together, and trying to express real depths of feeling. I pleased to have the opportunity to read and review this fascinating book.


So, a good love letter can speak across centuries, and reassure us that the agony and the ecstasy one might feel today have been shared by lovers long gone. In The Love That Dares, queer love speaks its name through a wonderful selection of surviving letters between lovers and friends, confidants and companions.

After that, alongside the more famous names coexist beautifully written letters by lesser-known lovers. Together, they weave a narrative of queer love through the centuries, through the romantic, often funny, and always poignant words of those who lived it.

Including letters written by:
John Cage
Audre Lorde
Benjamin Britten
Lorraine Hansberry
Walt Whitman
Vita Sackville-West
Radclyffe Hall
Allen Ginsberg 

Christopher Jones

Like a big stick of beautiful 🌈 coloured rock, cut me in half and you’d read Waterstones Piccadilly written ALL the way through, yummy !

One thought on “The love that dares: letters of LGBTQ+

  • James Thompson

    Anything featuring Audre Lorde is a good book 🙂 👌

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