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To help pass the time here are a some books that make for a fascinating read.

Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV by Stephen Bourne

The book looks at the depiction of gay people on the small screen up to the 1980's

Fabulosa! - The Story of Polari, Britain's Secret Gay Language by Paul Baker

Polari was used by mainly by camp gay men in the first half of the twentieth century as a means of talking with each other in a sort of code or dialect. It came to mainstream attention in the radio broadcasts of Round the Horne in the 1960s starring Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick as Julian and Sandy.

Fantabulosa! - Definitely worth a vada 

Another book by Stephen Bourne you may like to read is Fighting Proud - a history of gay men who served in the armed forces in both World Wars and those who contributed on the Home Front such as Ivor Novello, Noel Coward and Terence Rattigan.

If you have a taste for small town gossip and a comedy of manners you could try The Mapp and Lucia novels by E F Benson.They are set in the fictional town of Tilling which is really Rye in the 1920s and 30s.

The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson by Robert Hofler

This is the story of Hollywood's star maker, Henry Wilson who took Roy Fitzgerald from a truck driver to become one of the most popular movie stars Rock Hudson.

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