What’s there to tell about me? I’m a writer, and it has taken me most of my life to admit that, even if writing has been part of my life since forever. I’m a woman, married to the woman who asked me in October 1981 if I cared for a cup of tea… Now we have one marriage, two sons and five cats.
Seventeen stories, thirteen authors, a second war. Once again Manifold Press's writers explore the lives of LGBTQ+ people and their war-time experience in cities, towns and countryside across the world. Amidst war and peace, in the thick of violence or in an unexpected lull, these stories of the Second World War take the reader far and wide, from loss and parting to love and homecoming.
It is 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised private homosexual acts between men over 21 in England and Wales - a partial victory, but also a deeply significant one. This free anthology of extracts from Manifold Press titles illustrates in a modest way the changes experienced by gay men over the centuries in Britain, and how these may have affected individuals.
April 1945. Obergefreiter Karl Meisner has survived five years of a war he didn’t want. He fears he won’t reach his 26th birthday, but helping one of the young recruits gives him a reason to keep going, and soon they surrender to the Allies at Tangermünde. In an English prison camp, Karl's life unexpectedly blooms when he meets Nathaniel Cyfer - a British officer and an expatriate German Jew.
Dylan’s life as a gay man in 1960s England is careful and secretive; the law regarding homosexuality has changed, but society’s attitudes are slow to catch up. Meeting Max - younger and less inhibited - is a vividly colourful shock to Dylan’s system. But Max is an artist, talented and ambitious, and there’s no way someone as ordinary as Dylan can hold on to him for long ... is there?
Steve Gavan and Daniël Borghart are professional soccer players for Kinbridge Town – and also secret lovers. All that changes, however, when Steve innocently wanders into a city park and falls victim to a vicious gang of queer-bashers who beat him within an inch of his life. After that there are no secrets any more – and it’s a very long road back, for both of them, from there…