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Queens' Country: A Tour Around the Gay Ghettos, Queer Spots and Camp Sights of Britain

Paul Burston

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The Hungry Student, Prose: non-fiction, Travel writing

* A witty, intelligent and irreverent tour around the gay ghettos, queer spots and camp sights of Britain.

The gay community'. For years Paul Burston has heard talk of this fabled people, whose votes are wooed by politicians, whose pink pounds are courted by advertising executives and whose alternative lifestyle is derided by defenders of family values. But he's never been quite sure who they were. So he decided to set off and try to find them for himself. His travels around gay Britain take in a wide cross-section of people and places, from his own childhood in South Wales to middle-aged gay men enjoying a beach party in Bromley, from the gay couple running their own massage parlour in Bristol to gay Young Conservatives in Derbyshire.

Along the way, he comments on the hotly debated gay issues of the day; cappuccino-culture consumerism and community politics; the age of consent and the narcissistic preoccupation with youth; backrooms in bars and gay loft conversions. Witty, irreverent and fiercely intelligent, QUEENS' COUNTRY presents the rich diversity - and occasional cultural poverty - of the forces shaping gay life in modern Britain.

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Paul Burston

Paul Burston was born in Yorkshire, raised in Wales, and now lives in London. A journalist and broadcaster, his work has appeared in TIME OUT, SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, GUARDIAN, INDEPENDENT, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY and on Channel 4. He lives in London.

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