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LGBT+ History Month: The New Life by Tom Crewe - Reading Copies & Posters

London, 1894. John and Henry have a vision for a new way of life. But as the Oscar Wilde trial ignites public outcry, everything they long for could be under threat.

To mark LGBT+ History Month, we have ten copies each of Tom Crewe’s powerful debut novel The New Life to giveaway to five library book groups. To enter the prize draw, just email the publisher contact with the subject line ‘RA: The New Life’ by 16 February. Winners will be chosen randomly via prize draw on 19 February.

A4 The New Life display posters are also available for libraries to request on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last, or to print at home. Don’t forget to send photographs of your displays to the contact email address, or share them on social media tagging the publisher @vintagebooks.

About the book:

The Sunday Times Novel of the Year
‘Beautifully written’ Graham Norton
‘Subtle, sexy and beautifully crafted’ Sarah Waters
‘I loved this book’ Zadie Smith

After a lifetime spent navigating his desires, John has finally found a man who returns his feelings. Meanwhile, Henry is convinced that his new unconventional marriage will bring freedom.

United by a shared vision, they begin work on a revolutionary book arguing for the legalisation of homosexuality.

Before it can be published however, Oscar Wilde is arrested and their daring book threatens to throw them, and all around them, into danger. How high a price are they willing to pay for a new way of living?

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