Book Appreciation with Katharine Duckett

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast – Episode 32c with Heather Rose Jones

In the Book Appreciation segments, our featured authors (or your host) will talk about one or more favorite books with queer female characters in a historic setting.

In this episode Katharine Duckett recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

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[Music] this is Heather Rose Jones with a lesbian historic motif podcast this weekly podcast looks at lesbian themes in history and literature and historic research into gender and sexuality we talk about current historical fiction with queer female characters including fantastic versions of the past and have interviews with authors who write those stories and in months when we have a fifth show we’re proud to present new original lesbian historical fiction for your enjoyment last week we had Catherine Duckett on the show to talk about her own historic writing with queer female characters in this segment she’s here to talk about some works in the field that she’s particularly enjoyed welcome bath Catherine yeah so tell us about the books you like so the first book that I want to talk about is one that I loved when it came out and I’m actually reading right now and that is the last nude by Ellis Avery and this is a terrific novel that is real not a take-off on the real history of Tamara de Lempicka who’s a terrific artist queer artist and who was living in Paris in the 1920s and so this novel is steeped in the history of that time and has many amazing shout outs to real history in Paris at that time Shakespeare and Coe and it’s just beautifully written a really lovely story of someone you know discovering their own sexuality and the real history of this artist who actually is one has long been one of my favorite Ordos yeah that was a fabulous time for queer women in Paris as I recall yes so next book the next book is actually a novella and this one is passing strange oh yes oh yes I was lucky enough to work on this actually when I was working at in publicity so that was such a treat to get to work on this book this book unfolds in 1940 in San Francisco such a fascinating time for the queer community in San Francisco obviously a bastion of queer culture long a haven for queer people and it’s just so I think alive with the sense of these real women and their real relationships and their real struggles it brings in also the history of the pulps which is fascinating and as someone who’s been long a science fiction fantasy and genre fan that was something I loved as well so and there’s a touch of magic as well so it’s it’s a really lovely story yeah I really enjoyed having Ellen on the show to talk about it it’s been so lovely seeing and gather all the awards yeah it’s great and then my third book is another incredible historical fiction story this one like my book draws on real history but then also draws in a lot about what can’t be known about certain things of the period and that is hilde by Nicola Griffith oh no yes so that is this great exploration of the life of this woman who clearly was this incredible welllook halogen let’s remind the listeners where and when it’s set yes so in 7th century Britain Hilde was actually a woman who was a basically someone who clearly had quite a lot of power and insight and was a very learned person but we know very little about her and Nicola Griffith actually writes quite a lot about this on her blog and row as she was writing the book about how little is extent in the historical record about this person and so framing what little is available she creates this this tone really it’s I have the heard back and it’s just a beautiful beautiful that explores what this woman’s like might have been like and what life as a queer woman might have been like for her at the time and it’s just an incredibly detailed vision of life at that time from what little is actually known and she envisions a approach to sexuality that it’s it’s it’s a imagined approach but how queer sexuality might fit into anglo-saxon society at a time on the cusp between the pre-christian Society and the introduction of Christianity and it’s a very lovely way of imagining other other settings other other categorizations yes not defined by our idea of sexuality as it stands now and so it’s just a really really amazing look at that yeah I really enjoyed it so thank you so much for sharing some of your favorite historical books with queer women with us [Music] I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of the lesbian historic motif podcast if you want to follow up on anything we’ve covered see the show notes for links and to contact me with questions book announcements or topic suggestions if you enjoyed this podcast please read it and subscribe on itunes stitcher or pod bean and consider supporting our patreon and if you’re on facebook check out the lesbian talk show chat group