The Top 25 Lesbian Classic Books

A silly Sunday post; because we really need some humor to get through the next 4 years…

The dirt from dirt

1)  Gone with the Lesbians: A Novel Which Captured Southern Lesbian Heat! Oh, My!


2) Dangerous Lesbiaisons: The Title Says It All!

3) To the Lezzhouse: What Happens In The Lezzhouse, Stays In The Lezzhouse!

4) Anne of Gay Stables: The Horses Had Never Seen Anything Like It!?!?!

5) The Adventures of Tomboy Sawyer: She Never Met A Softball She Didn’t Like!


6) LezbolitaYou Better Wait Until She’s Not Jailbait!

7) Les Lesbiennes: Ooh La La, Mon Chéri!!!

8) Tender is the Dyke: Stick A Fork In Her…She’s Done!

9) From Here To Sapphistry: All Aboard The Lesbian Pleasure Cruise!

10) One Flew Over MichfestShe Joined The Mile-High Club!


11) The Old Dyke and the Sea: She May Be Salty, But She’s Still Lesbolicious!

12) Lesbians in Love: Or Is It Just Lust?

13) Dykes of…

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39 thoughts on “The Top 25 Lesbian Classic Books

  1. Of Sarah Waters I like Nightwatch and Fingersmith best. Others I think are worth reading are Rubyfruit Jungle, the Price of Salt (the film Carol is based on it), Desert of the Heart, Red Azalea, and Zami (not fiction, but still good).
    As I’ve written this list it has occured to me that even most supposedly Lesbian books are really about straightbians and bisexuals. We need more books by and about ourselves!

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    • Thanks ~ and yes, I totally agree that we are having a bit of a problem coming up with purely lesbian books because so many are about, or involve somehow, Straightbians/bisexuals (and therefore, there’s often a plot involving a man in some way). Yes, we need our own books!

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  2. I enjoyed reading a trilogy of novels by English author Helen Shacklady, The Patterned Flute (2001), The Stolen Crate (2002) and The Lacquered Box (2003). They are basically mystery-adventure stories in which the two main protagonists (and mystery solvers) are a lesbian couple (they meet in the first book). The books are refreshing because the lesbianism of the protagonists and the lesbian/gay/feminist world in which they exist (though the action takes them outside of it too) are “taken for granted” as the backdrop to the stories, so the reader isn’t subjected to a load of soul-searching or apologetics.

    Shacklady constructs a cracking story, and writes beautifully, with a great deal of humour which immediately chimes with any lesbian or gay reader, and she doesn’t care very much about “explaining” any of it to straight readers. Of course, if you don’t care for the mystery/crime genre, they won’t be for you.

    She has written at least two other books, one of which I haven’t read, Stoppage Time (2003), another contemporary murder mystery, but this time the detectives are a lesbian and her heterosexual friend, and The Vinland Sheep (2004), a historical adventure (and lesbian love story) set in 15th century England and Wales, which I didn’t take to as much as the trilogy, not sure why. All the books were originally published by Onlywomen Press (London).

    Btw, if you’re thinking, as I did at first, that “Shacklady” is one of those made-up names like “Dykewomon”, it’s not. It’s quite an old surname from (I think) Northwest England. I’d be interested if anybody knows its etymology.

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  3. The Well of Loneliness is like a lesbian foremother. It’s great. Written in 1928. More modern, the love of my literary life is Dorothy Allison. Her novel Bastard out of Carolina changed my life. But her autobiographical stuff is even better! I did my Masters work in lesbian lit. You need any recommendations, I have plenty 🙂

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  4. Further to my earlier recommendations, can I also mention three books by Anna Wilson? Cactus, Altogether Elsewhere and Hatching Stones. Not things to read if you need cheering up, they’re all a bit bleak.

    That’s for people who don’t like murder-mystery, at which Anna curls her lip in a way I wish I could do. She has also written an illustrated book for young children, called Want Toast, which I haven’t read.

    In the interests of full disclosure, I must declare that I was at university with Anna, and am a close friend of her publisher Lilian Mohin.

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  5. If you’re prepared to venture outside the English-speaking world (aucun problème pour toi, LBC), Jocelyne François in France has written some interesting novels: Les Bonheurs (1970). Les Amantes (1978), Joue-nous “España” (1980), Histoire de Volubilis (1986) and La femme sans tombe (1995). I don’t know how many of them have been translated into English, but you can google that as well as I can.
    I used to have a whole file on French lesbian writers of the 1920s and 30s, but am pretty sure I trashed it when I downsized on retirement. Silly bitch!
    I’m conscious that I’m “over-contributing” to this thread (Chonky would have a less polite word for it). My answer to you all is contribute more. I’ve learned loads of things I was ignorant of before from those who have written. Even if it’s just a book you read last week and loved or hated, tell us.

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