Blog Tour: The Love That Dares by Rachel Smith and Barbara Vesey

The Love That Dares
The last time we met you were telling me of being infatuated. I hated every word you said. But infatuation is a strange face I know too well. There was nothing I could say, so I left trying to smile and trying not to look hurt. 
~ Fabio to Paul Swing

Thank you Random Things Tours for the chance to read and review this book! I love reading collections of letters and this was right up my street!


As with any collection of letters there are some you like and some you don’t take particular note of. As a whole I liked most of the letters included and I’d be happy if they published a sequel to this one with more of them. I’d love to see a version of this book with translated letters from places that aren’t the UK or the US!

As a whole I do recommend this book. I am going to buy this if I see it in a store and give it a re-read!

Beware the terror of not producing.
Beware the urge to justify your decision.
Watch out for the kitchen sink and the plumbing
and that painting that always needed being done.
But remember that the body needs to create too.
Beware feeling you’re not good enough to deserve it
Beware feeling you’re too good to need it
Beware all the hatred you’ve stored up inside you,
and the locks on your tender places.

~ Audre Lorde to Pat Barker


“What this charming, moving and fascinating collection proves is that the [letter] form itself – a scribbled note, a declaration of love, an outpouring of passion, a bitter word – has always been with us.” – Mark Gatiss

A good love letter can speak across centuries, and reassure us that the agony and the ecstasy one might feel today have been shared by lovers long gone. In The Love That Dares, queer love speaks its name through a wonderful selection of surviving letters between lovers and friends, confidants and companions. 

Alongside the more famous names coexist beautifully written letters by lesser-known lovers. Together, they weave a narrative of queer love through the centuries, through the romantic, often funny, and always poignant words of those who lived it.

Including letters written by:
John Cage
Audre Lorde
Benjamin Britten
Lorraine Hansberry
Walt Whitman
Vita Sackville-West
Radclyffe Hall
Allen Ginsberg

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