Lesbian author Sarah Waters has celebrated a gay bookshop's
anniversary today by claiming its eventual Diamond Jubilee will
better The Queen's.
The acclaimed writer, whose novels include
Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith, made the comment when
congratulating London book shop Gay's The Word on its thirty-third
She told DIVA magazine: "Happy Birthday to Gay's the Word, one of
my favourite bookshops!
"For thirty-three years it's been doing a brilliant job of serving
the LGBT communities in London and beyond - not just by selling us
our books, but by offering us a welcoming, affirmative space in
which to meet, browse, chat and flirt.
"It has faced opposition, prejudice and homophobia, and is still
The long-standing shop, which opened in 1979 and is situated on
Marchmont street near Russel Square tube, is the capital's biggest
independent book shop of its kind.
Adding a barbed comment to her well-wishes, she then said: "I'm
looking forward to celebrating its diamond jubilee in a few more
years - it'll be much more fun than the Queen's!"
The Diamond Jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth II - which celebrates
60 years of a ruling monarch - will take place internationally
later this year.