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A Pride of Poppies by Julie Bozza
LGBT Anthology / Collection / Historical Fiction
Publisher: Manifold Press (May 1, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: A Pride of Poppies

Ten authors – in thirteen stories – explore the experiences of GLBTQI people during World War I. In what ways were their lives the same as or different from those of other people?

A London pub, an English village, a shell-hole on the Front, the outskirts of Thai Nguyen city, a ship in heavy weather off Zeebrugge, a civilian internment camp … Loves and griefs that must remain unspoken, unexpected freedoms, the tensions between individuality and duty, and every now and then the relief of recognition. You’ll find both heartaches and joys in this astonishing range of thought-provoking stories.


Consistently good short stories.  A few were a bit weak but some deserved 40's Always difficult to rate a collection…

An excellent anthology of World War 1 stories all told with a remarkable eye for authenticity and a great deal of love and compassion.

A book like this is quite hard to rate. As with any anthology, some I liked, some not so much. Some of them I really loved. Overall these were a fantastic set of short stories. Only a couple of the authors I am familiar with, the others, I've never read anything from them. In this book we get stories about gays, lesbians and intersex. In each story we see the struggles that LGBTQIA went through in the time of WWI, the ups and downs of being different, when being unlike the rest of the population was illegal and punishable by death. I'm glad times have changed for the better and equality is within reach. I do hope that soon all the governments accept that our brothers and sisters everywhere are the same as them. Wonderful read!

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