Posted by on June 28, 2024 10:43 am
Originally From: Attitude

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A.J. West (Image: Leigh Kelly)

Sunday Times bestselling author A.J. West weaves a tale of intrigue and forbidden desire in his latest novel, The Betrayal of Thomas True, available from 4 July.

Set in the shadowy heart of 18th-century London, the story plunges readers into a world of clandestine societies and hidden queer subculture, as the titular protagonist navigates treacherous alliances and dark secrets in the search for truth and love.

While researching for this work of fiction, West discovered a remarkable true event that may well be Britain’s first recorded queer riot. Here, he shares with Attitude this forgotten story of defiance and solidarity that helped inspire his novel.

It is 2 May 1727, and the atmosphere on Catherine Street, just off the Strand, is tense. An event

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