Books by John Preston

Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A story of establishment and judicial misconduct that's no longer pertinent—or even interesting."
Preston (The Dig, 2016, etc.) revisits the 1970s scandal involving Jeremy Thorpe, Member of Parliament for North Devon and leader of Britain's Liberal Party. Read full book review >
THE DIG by John Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"As homey at times as chamomile tea but spiked with pointed undercurrents, this is a real treat for a reader who can appreciate its quiet pleasures."
A historical novel that looks at the foibles and emotions of people involved in an archaeological dig on the grounds of a Suffolk, England, estate in 1939. Read full book review >
WINTER'S LIGHT by John Preston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 1995

"Nonetheless, Preston eloquently describes his aching need to belong, a need that will resonate with most gay peopleand many straights as well."
An anecdotally rich yet philosophically incomplete exploration of regional and sexual identity. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 22, 1995

"Although it showcases a handful of very good writers, the inexorably heartfelt collection leaves one with the sense of being trapped in a Sunday magazine supplement."
Twenty-four grimly earnest essays about gay affections, most of which fail to substantiate the subtitle's premise that some larger issue is at stake. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Richly rewarding."
Essays about relationships between lesbians and gay men highlight fertile common ground in the lavender landscape and people it with memorable characters. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 1992

"Excellent writing—accurate, unpretentious, focused—from strong and unique voices that seem to emerge from and to validate the families (even the hostile ones) they speak of."
As in Hometowns (a 1991 collection of commentary by gay writers on their sense of place) and Personal Dispatches (a 1989 collection representing gay writers' responses to AIDS), both of which he edited, Preston here assembles reminiscences of family life by an array of articulate gays, including Michael Nava, Andrew Holleran, and Eric Latsky. Read full book review >
HOMETOWNS by John Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

Nostalgia and dissociation are the main themes in this not-so- diverse collection of essays by gay men who either had to leave their old communities or have adopted new ones. Read full book review >