The Polari Prize 2021 Winners

It is our great pleasure to confirm No Modernism Without Lesbians by Diana Souhami as the winner of the 2021 Polari Book Prize and A Dutiful Boy by Mohsin Zaidi as the winner of the 2021 Polari First Book Prize.

The Polari Prize is the UK’s first and largest LGBTQ+ book award. Established to promote writing that explores the LGBTQ+ experience, Polari also focuses on amplifying diverse voices through a series of literary events, including the regularly touring Polari Salon.

The Polari Book Prize

Award-winning biographer Diana Souhami’s No Modernism Without Lesbians paints a fascinating group portrait of four trailblazing women in interwar Paris – the pioneering publisher Sylvia Beach, writer and patron of the arts Bryher, society hostess Natalie Barney, and the seminal author Gertrude Stein – whose life, work and legacy became crucial to the development of Modernist movement.

 

'Richly researched, entertaining and hugely enjoyable. [...] Souhami is a brilliant guide and this book a celebration, corrective and fillip all in one.'

CHRIS GRIBBLE, JUDGE OF THE POLARI BOOK PRIZE

The Polari Book Prize 2021 Shortlist

Dragman
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The Air Year
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The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle
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What Girls Do in the Dark
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The Ministry of Guidance
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No Modernism Without Lesbians
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The Polari Book Prize 2021 Longlist

Dragman
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The Air Year
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The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle
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The Pull of the Stars
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What Girls Do in the Dark
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Hark
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Beneath the Streets
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The Ministry of Guidance
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No Modernism Without Lesbians
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On Connection
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Love and Other Thought Experiments
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The Liar's Dictionary
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The Polari First Book Prize

A powerful, unflinching story of self-discovery and perseverance, Criminal Barrister Mohsin Zaidi’s memoir A Dutiful Boy traces his path from growing up queer in a devout Muslim family to living his life true to every part of his identity.

 

‘Zaidi deftly engages us with the harsh, hilarious and inherently human realities of multiple identity. With painful honesty, he shows how no community of class, race, faith or queerness is immune from suspicion and occasional hatred of otherness, nor mercifully from love, laughter and acceptance.’

RACHEL HOLMES, JUDGE OF THE 2021 POLARI FIRST BOOK PRIZE

The Polari Book Prize 2021 Shortlist

Swimming in the Dark
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Charred
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Forced Out
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Rainbow Milk
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Shuggie Bain
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A Dutiful Boy
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The Polari First Book Prize 2021 Longlist

Strange Fruit by Jason Ford is also nominated but unfortunately is currently unavailable from Waterstones.com and thus not listed below.

One of Them
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Women Don't Owe You Pretty
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Swimming in the Dark
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Charred
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Forced Out
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MANATOMY
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Eat, Gay, Love
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Rainbow Milk
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Shuggie Bain
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In Their Shoes
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A Dutiful Boy
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Previous Winners

In at the Deep End
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Life as a Unicorn
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playtime
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XX
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XX
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Elmet
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Guapa
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The Good Son
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The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales
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Fairytales for Lost Children
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The Murder Wall
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Autofellatio
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