This work dissects the lives of two extraordinary men and one remarkable woman who defied the sexual prejudices of their age and lived by their own rules. It tells the rags-to-riches story of Fred Barnes, a singer, dancer, comedian and scourge of the military; Naomi Jacob, a terrible but prolific novelist, broadcaster and cross-dresser; and Arthur Marshall, wit, television personality and "portly sunbeam". Paul Bailey describes gay life when it was still illegal, and how he became fascinated by these three characters, all gay in more senses than one.
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Praise for Three Queer Lives by Paul Bailey:
'An engaging book'- London Review of Books
'Gentle, wise and funny'- Times Literary Supplement
'Touching and heartbreakingly funny'- The Sunday Times
'A generous-spirited and fascinating book'- The Times
'Enjoyable and well written'- AN Wilson, The Daily Mail
'Admirably well-judged'- Evening Standard
'Their life-stories are packed with rude jokes, great anecdotes and amusing detail'- Sunday Telegraph
'All three of these intrepid performers would surely tip their hats to Baily’s entertaining and unsettling tribute to their courage, impudence and panache'- The Telegraph
'Very funny but there is sadness too'- The Independent on Sunday
'Bailey’s book extacts a lot of fun from this trio; but he also sympathetically brings out their valour..'- The Spectator
'Well written and triumphantly unsentimental'- Literary ReviewAbout the Author:
Paul Bailey is the author of eight novels, two of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has also written a volume of autobiography, IMMACULATE MISTAKE, and a biography of Cynthia Payne called AN ENGLISH MADAM. He lives in Shepherds Bush, London.
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