In this new history of wartime Britain, Stephen Bourne unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and on the Home Front. It brings to light the great and previously unrecognised contribution they made to the war effort.
A magnificent piece of work. I was gripped throughout; laughed out loud at times; became blazingly angry at the injusitce, hypocrisy and expediency… and sheer waste.
And, at times, delighted by the courage and refusal of many to bow down to prejudice or to dampen our full potential as human beings.’
- Keith Howes, author of Broadcasting It: An Encyclopaedia of Homosexuality on Film, Radio and TV 1923–1993
The book includes the story of Guyanese bandleader Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson, who was killed in a bombing raid on London during World War Two.
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Hardback. ISBN. 9781784538743. £17.99