The best Queer books to read this Christmas


Queer Books Authors for Christmas Reading

Christmas is a great time for celebrating but some of the best use of holiday time is reading, with some great queer books. 

So as the year draws to a close we’ve picked some of our top queer books for you to round out 2021. 

Take a look at our selections for you or your loved ones this Christmas.

The Boy from The Mish by Gary Lonesborough

The Boy from The Mish by Gary Lonesborough is a powerful and touching story of self-discovery.

This compelling book is about two young Aboriginal gay men finding themselves navigating life on “The mish” and growing up.

Jackson and Tomas are brought together by circumstance.

After Jackson’s Aunty Pam arrives with Tomas in tow the pair are forced to bond as they share a room over summer.

Their story is simple but infinitely beautiful in its simplicity and vitally important in our national narrative for queer and indigenous youth.

Jackson and Tomas’ story is full of laughter, love and pain, but ultimately will leave you smiling.

Watch our interview with Gary Lonesborough about Boy From The Mish below.

It’s been a pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian

It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian tells a story you’ll wish would never end.

Noni Blake’s life is spectacularly ordinary.

Since the end of her decade long relationship with now ex-girlfriend Joan, eighteen months ago, nothing much is happening for Noni.

Life at thirty-six is stagnant, so something needs to change.

So begins a journey that will take school teacher Noni around the world.

Travel with Noni as she chases the one that got away and finds many more unexpected surprises along the way.

It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake is full of rip snorting laugh out loud moments and moments that will make your heart sing.

This tale of self discovery is the perfect book to read with a glass of wine on the deck this summer.

Watch our interview with author Claire Christian about her previous works below.

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard is impossible to put down.

Charlie, Hammer & Zeke are the invisible boys.

As queer people, we’ve all been invisible boys at one stage in our lives.

Hiding who we are for fear of that eventual fallout when we are no longer safe, hidden from society’s judgement.

But for these three boys, their invisible lives are made harder by their circumstance.

When growing up in regional Western Australia, being gay just isn’t a ‘thing’.

It’s not something you can be, it “happens” to other people, but not to you.

If you are gay? What then? What is your life supposed to look like? What are you supposed to become?

Those are the question author Holden Sheppard explores through the characters in this real and raw book.

The stories of Charlie, Hammer and Zeke are etched in the red dirt of Western Australia, their experiences universally resonating.

Invisible Boys is a brilliant and vitally important read for anyone, straight or otherwise.

Once you pick it up, you can’t put it down.

Invisible Boys is now available via audiobooks online.

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All About Yves by Dr Yves Rees

All About Yves is a trans story written by award-winning writer and historian Dr Yves Rees that will capture your heart and mind.

This tale of self-identity and discovery is a captivating read about one person’s trans experience.

At age 30 Yves began to understand they were trans.

Realisation dawned while holidaying across the world with years of questions answered in a single shining moment.

But with that single realisation comes a series of continual questions, hesitations and a deeper quest about understanding themselves and what it means to truly understand yourself.

What follows is a captivating journey through the body and mind exploring one person’s understanding of their trans experience.

For readers of any gender, Yves story is a poignant account of exploring gender and society and a book not to be missed by anyone.

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