Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
It’s been a strong year for Young Adult novels about gender and Young Adult verse novels. Freakboy combines the two in which star student Brendan is questioning his place on the gender spectrum, while his girlfriend Vanessa is trying to work out what is happening.
Artful by Ali Smith
Only Smith could create a fictional narrative around a series of lectures she gave on comparative literature. The ghost of an ex-lover will not leave the narrator alone causing mischief as the narrator tries to come to terms with loss.
Hancock Park by Katherine V. Forrest
Back in print after almost a decade and in preparation for a new Kate Delafield novel next year, the first American lesbian detective series is still as exciting as the day it was published. Time to get back to the start.
Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood
Greenwood might not be a dyke but she’s a feisty novelist with feistier female characters. Her 20th Phryne Fisher mystery combines music, gay subplots and international espionage.
Hild by Nicola Griffith
One of the most anticipated novels of the year, Griffith latest is a beautiful, lush and sweeping story of blood, intrigue and ambition set in seventh-century England. Hild, the young niece of the king has extraordinary powers, and is set to become one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: St Hilda of Whitby.