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Helen Dunmore

Dunmore’s 2014 novel The Lie unfolded a delicate story of an attraction between two men, set against the backdrop of World War I and its aftermath. Exposure also has a gay relationship central to the narrative, but the setting this time is 1960s London.

Giles and Simon meet at Cambridge and have a clandestine affair. After university, Giles helps Simon secure a position at the Admiralty, but Simon moves on, putting this youthful dalliance aside decisively. He marries Lily, produces three children and settles into a comfortable suburban life, which is relatively uneventful. Giles turns to the bottle and a string of boys, but one evening, while tipsy, he suffers a fall at home and ends up in hospital. He is obliged to call on Simon for a favour − there is a top secret file in Giles’ attic study that has to be urgently returned to work.

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This month we look at the madness of the Orlando shooting. There are plenty of tough questions to ask around homophobia, racism, gun control and terrorism but, in the end, love wins. We celebrate the way the world stood with the LGBTI community, and the positives that have emerged from the tragedy. We hit the road with Willie Gomez and the guys from Britney’s Vegas show in an amazing desert shoot by James Franklin. We also travel to the International Mr Leather competition in Chicago, and discover the delights and dangers of gay Cambodia. It’s the Foxy 40-somethings vs the Slutty 20-somethings in our Man To Man feature, we touch base with UK pop star Jake Quickenden, Opera Australia’s Adrian Tamburini, find out what happened to Madonna’s Vogue boys, and enjoy Archie going gay! We have Red Carpet Wonders from our style department, plus some wardrobe tips for Gay Ski Week. And there’s all your favourites like Dear Diva (she’ll fix ya’), Straight Mate, Nuttier, Burnttoast and Loving. And, of course, sexy boys galore!