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The Rainbow Reading Group is an LGBT Reading Group, organised by Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS) in conjunction with Croydon Library.

We meet at 2:30pm in Croydon Central Library, Katharine Street (Level One) on the last Thursday of each month (in December it's the second Thursday). See dates below.

Each month we discuss the book we've been reading, and take away copies of the next month's book (chosen by the group).

Official opening

We were delighted that Issy Festing came in person to our official opening on Thursday the 24th of February 2011. Our picture shows her with Ray, one of the organisers of the Rainbow Reading Group. More pictures on the LGBT Croydon website.

Ray of the Rainbow Reading Group with Issy Festing

Our selections for 2017:

  • Just Above My Head by James Baldwin (28 January)
  • The Persian Boy by Mary Renault (23 February)
  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (replacing The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson which was unavailable) (30 March)
  • Black and Gay in the UK: An Anthology by John R Gordon (27 April)
  • Twenty-Two Eighty-Four by Christopher Preston (25 May)
  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (29 June)
  • In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi (27 July)
  • Spectacles by Sue Perkins (31 August)
  • Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (28 September)
  • Speak my Language and other stories edited by Torsen Højer (26 October)
  • Blood Relatives by Stevan Alcock (30 November)
  • Not my Father's Son by Alan Cumming (14 December)

Our selections for 2018:

  • I, Pierre Seel, deported Homosexual: A Memoir of Nazi Terror by Pierre Seel  (25 January)
  • Over the Rainbow: Money Class & Homophobia by Nicola Field (22 February)
  • Lord Cucumber & the Boy Hairdresser by Joe Orton (29 March)
  • Gluck by Diana Souhami (26 April)
  • Mr Foote's Other Leg by Ian Kelly (31 May)
  • Gay Berlin - Birthplace of a Modern Identity by Robert Beachey (28 June)
  • Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall by Neil Barlett (26 July)
  • A Boxful of Ideas: Poetry & Prose by LGBT Writers edited by John Dixon and Jeffrey Doorn (30 August)
  • In A Hidden Room by Stella Duffy (27 September)
  • Lies we tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (25 October)
  • Myra Breckenridge by Gore Vidal (29 November)
  • Days without End by Sebastian Barry (13 December)

Reserve titles, in case any of the above are out of print or unobtainable:

  • The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson
  • The Trials of Radcliffe Hall by Dianna Souhami
  • Friendly Fire by Patrick Gale
  • Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
  • Hide by Matthew Griffin

We've already read:

  • The Yacoubian Building by Alaa al Aswany
  • Giovanni's Room, and Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • Mr Clive & Mr Page by Neil Bartlett
  • The Gulf between us by Geraldine Bedell
  • Leaving Tangiers by Tahar Ben Jelloun
  • Smut by Alan Bennett
  • Ruby Fruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
  • Shameless by Paul Burston
  • Love is where it Falls by Simon Callow
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  • Briefs Encountered by Julian Clary
  • Retreat from Love by Colette
  • The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  • Astray by Emma Donoghue
  • James Miranda Barry by Patricia Duncker
  • Justine by Lawrence Durrell
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo
  • The Bird Keeper by Issy Festing
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
  • Maurice by E M Forster
  • Rough Music, and A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
  • Arctic Summer and In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut
  • Carrington: A Life by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
  • Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller
  • The Lost Boy by Stevie Henden
  • Carol by Patricia Highsmith
  • The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
  • Goodbye to Berlin, and A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
  • Trumpet, and The Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay
  • The Rainbow by D H Lawrence
  • The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
  • Tales of the City, Michael Tolliver Lives, and The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin
  • A Darker Domain by Val McDermid
  • Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
  • At my Mother's Knee and Other Low Joints by Paul O'Grady
  • The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
  • The Friendly Young Ladies by Mary Renault
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
  • A Stone's Throw, and Tell it to the Bees by Fiona Shaw
  • Mrs Keppel and her Daughter by Diana Souhami
  • The City of Devi by Manil Suri
  • Valentine Grey by Sandi Toksvig
  • Sacred Country by Rose Tremain
  • The Death of Lucy Kyte by Nicola Upson
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  • Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh
  • Affinity, Fingersmith, The Night Watch, and Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  • My Lives by Edmund White
  • The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde
  • Alexander McQueen : Beneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson
  • Oranges are not the only Fruit, Written on the Body, and Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
  • Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar

Interested in reading, discussing books, and making new friends?

Come along!

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Contact Ray, 020 8777 0107
or e-mail info@rainbowreadinggroup.org.uk

for other events in Croydon, see www.lgbt-croydon.org.uk/events