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.
Clare Lydon's Desert Island Books
My book choices
‘And playing the role of herself’ by KE Lane
This novel can be summed up in four words: terrible cover, brilliant book. My all-time favourite lesfic, it’s romantic, sexy and chock-full of Hollywood dazzle. Plus, the audiobook adds a whole new level of emotion.
‘Too close to touch‘ by Georgia Beers
My favourite Beers, this one is an office romance with age gap, small-town and grief thrown in for good measure. However, this is no cookie-cutter romance. Rather, it pulls no punches in the way it deals with matters of the heart and friendship. What’s more, if you don’t fall for Gretchen, you don’t have a pulse.
‘In at the deep end‘ by Kate Davies
It’s not often a novel makes me stay up all night and wish it would never end. This book did just that. ‘In at the deep end‘ is an updated Bridget Jones with a lesbian lead, a tale of real-life queer London. It’s funny, smart & touching, plus it includes enough fisting to make your eyes water. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
‘Just Juliet‘ by Charlotte Reagan
A perfect YA novel that deals with one teenage girl’s coming out. It’s fun, hopeful and will keep you on the edge of your seat hoping for a happy ending. It’s also the book I wish I’d read when I was 17.
‘Under a falling star‘ by Jae
I love a Christmas book, and this one squeaks into that category because it features a Christmas tree. Just go with it. This is the charming tale of workaholic Dee, and the new girl in the office, Austen. It involves class, family and love, as well as getting caught naked in a hot tub. And as everyone knows, class + family drama + love = winner! And hot tub sex is always a score, natch.
‘Tales of the city‘ by Armistead Maupin
This book, the start of the epic series, if packed full of larger-than-life characters and stellar storytelling guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Maupin makes this writing lark look easy, and that’s an incredible skill.
‘Oranges are not the only fruit‘ by Jeanette Winterson
Because I have to take a classic lesfic with me, don’t I? Written in a matter of weeks when she’d just graduated university, this is an incredible first novel/autobiography. Winterson is a word wrangler supreme.
‘My not so perfect life‘ by Sophie Kinsella
Kinsella does humour so well, she’ll have you in stitches from page one. This book is about one woman’s quest to find her calling, but also to mend family bridges and truly figure out how other people tick. Sure, it’s got a dollop of romance too, but this is modern British fiction at its best. Pacy, real, and unputdownable.
My song choice
Indigo Girls: ‘Galileo‘
I want something I can sing along to, and something truly uplifting. ‘Galileo‘ has got great storytelling, a fabulous intro and rousing chorus. Plus, I score more lesbian points now, right?
My inanimate object choice
Luxury Item: Bed with pocket-sprung mattress, luxury pillows and a duck-feather duvet. At least 400-count on the linen too, please.
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