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Desert Island Books

Harper Bliss's Desert Island Books

Based on the BBC radio programme ‘Desert Island Discs’, we’ve adapted this idea to ask castaways to list up to eight books, one song and one luxury item that they couldn’t do without on a desert island.

The rules are fairly simple, any type of book can be selected, but we ask that at least half are lesfic. Choices should be justified in a paragraph or two. Any type of music is allowed. The luxury item must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside.

My book choices

Pages for Her’ by Sylvia Brownrigg

Literary age gap lesfic will always tick all my boxes. Probably my most re-read book of all time, despite the unhappy ending. I’ve had a book crush on Professor Anne Arden forever and that makes up for everything.

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Landing’ by Emma Donoghue

At the risk of wishing for an airplane with flight attendant Síle on board to land on my deserted island, but it’s a risk worth taking because this book is such a gentle exploration of a budding long-distance relationship before the existence of Skype and FaceTime.

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Fenced-In Felix’ by Cheyenne Blue

I count my lucky stars every single day because this talented lady is my editor. Cheyenne Blue is also one of the best lesbian fiction writers I’ve read. She excels, amongst many other things, at describing the Australian outback, which she does exquisitely in this book. Her steamy scenes are equally top-notch.

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Something in the Wine’ by Jae

The book that convinced me to switch from erotica to romance once and for all. The slow burn keeps me turning the pages because Jae truly is the master of it.

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Ice’ by Lyn Gardner

The quintessential enemy-to-lovers lesbian romance. I’ll need a book that I can’t put down and I know this one will deliver, because it has done so before.

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‘Jericho’ by Ann McMann
The ultimate feel-good small-town romance. The chemistry between Maddie and Syd is simply irresistible and it had me screaming at my Kindle quite a few times, “Will you kiss already, for crying out loud!”

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The Language of Hoofbeats’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde

More Women’s Fiction than Lesbian Fiction, but the foster parents are two women, so… I know nothing of horses and I generally don’t really go for books about children, but this one I simply couldn’t stop reading and I know it will make for a great, tearjerking re-read on my deserted island.

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My song choice

The Weakness in Me” by Joan Armatrading because it’s not only gorgeous and great for singing along, it also, invariably, conjures up sexy images of Bette Porter and I figure I will need some distraction.

My inanimate object choice

Let’s be honest, I’m in a completely co-dependent relationship with my Mrs (the urge to merge is real) and I will not survive more than 48 hours on any island, let alone a deserted one, without her. So I will wisely take a generous supply of gin and tonic to drown my sorrows during those long and lonely 48 hours.

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