Books for Christmas

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Butt Book Jop van Bennekom It’s five years since the pink pamphlet Butt first came out of Amsterdam. Defining a literate, visceral, edgy aesthetic - eschewing the waxed, gym-buffed and airbrushed models of glossy mainstream gay mags - it defined a subculture. Rufus Wainwright, Jake Shears, Michael Stipe, Wolfgang Tillmans, Stephin Merritt, Viktor & Rolf and more appear in this compilation. Taschen Books.

Rainbow City Ellen Galford & Ken Wilson Companion book to the recent LGBT social history exhibition at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, the first of its kind in Scotland. Over 150 people, from 18 to 80, come together to tell the story of changing laws and attitudes over the last 60 years, through oral interviews, photographs and memorabilia. Word Power Books.

Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins Rupert Everett The actor, film star and Friend of Madonna recounts his life and career, with high drama and low blows cheek-by-jowl. Sprinkled with the glitter of celebrity names like Andy Warhol, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace and Elizabeth Taylor, his experiences are reflected through a very British prism of charm and eccentricity. Little, Brown.

Star People Paul Burston Glamorous, trashy fiction to escape the festive freeze, from the writer of TV’s Shameless. Matt Walsh makes it to the top of the Hollywood food chain: he’s the A-est of the A-list, scooping $20m a film, and able to get away with anything - even murder. Quite literally. Except he has a secret. He’s gay. Time Warner Books.

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