QUEER CITY - Peter Ackroyd
Peter Ackroyd takes us from the ‘wolf dens’ of Roman Londinium, through centuries of history as seen through London’s gay population, to the present day freedoms and tolerences in our queer city.
The striking design was created to capture this breadth of history by evoking the printed word at the heart of London’s queer heritage. The bold graphic letterpress type hints at the gossip and accusations, the broken laws and the newspaper headlines, the chapbooks and flyers, the public notices and the private letters, the protests and declarations - which have all been part of that history. The Thames itself is simplified to a shock of pink, unmistakenly illustrating the city, and suggesting the continuing journey of its gay culture.
Queer City is published by Chatto & Windus.