A Dutiful Boy: A memoir of secrets, lies and family love (Paperback)Mohsin Zaidi (author)
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A Guardian Best Book of the Year
A GQ Best Book of the Year
A New Statesman Best Book of the Year
Growing up in a devout shia Muslim household, it felt impossible for Mohsin to be gay. Unable to be open with his family, and with difficult conditions at school, he felt his opportunities closing around him. Despite the odds, Mohsin's perseverance led him to become the first person from his school to attend Oxford University, where new experiences and encounters helped him to discover who he truly wanted to be. Mohsin was confronted with the biggest decision he would ever make: to live the life that was expected of him or to live his truth.
A Dutiful Boy is Mohsin's personal journey from denial to acceptance: a revelatory memoir about the power of love, belonging, and living every part of your identity.
'Genuinely inspiring... Beautifully written, dignified and ultimately redemptive, this challenging story abounds with light and love' Attitude
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm
An incredibly hopeful, urgent and well told coming of age story about religion, class, and LGBTQ+ acceptance - no doubt reading it will save someone's life.-- Amelia Abraham
A beautifully written, heartrending story of a young gay man's journey, liberation and love. A real page turner that sparks with humanity and hope. -- Lord Michael Cashman
His engaging memoir of his long road to happiness and acceptance by his family is moving and inspiring. * Bookseller *
I can't recommend A Dutiful Boy enough, I couldn't put it down. A journey of self discovery, longing, triumph and hope. I fell in love with Mohsin, I imagine you will too. -- Suzi Ruffell
A powerful read. In fact, searing in places... vivid and told me a lot about my country... ultimately uplifting. -- Lionel Barber
A wonderful book. I really do think that everyone should read it. -- Mark Haddon
A deeply-moving account...a must-read. * Tatler *
A remarkable memoir...an incredibly moving read. I had to put the book down several times to cry...it's a book that will save lives. -- Sathnam Sanghera
The best memoirs take the reader on two journeys: one journey is to a greater understanding of the author; the other is to a greater understanding of yourself and the society around you. A Dutiful Boy is one such book. It is the story of a young boy growing up in a devout Muslim family in east London who knew he was gay but who also knew such an admission was inconceivable in a religious culture where homosexuality was still taboo. This is the story of a family's love, a battle with shame and a long journey to acceptance. It is deeply moving and profoundly important and it made me cry. Mohsin is such an impressive person: the first from his comprehensive school to go to Oxbridge, he is now a highly regarded barrister but DAMMIT the man can write too. If you liked The Boy with the Topknot by Sathnam Sanghera or Educated by Tara Westover, you will also love this book. Thank you Mohsin, for having the courage to tell this story. -- Elizabeth Day
An incredibly moving memoir -- Elizabeth Day * Mail on Sunday *
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“Marvellous- exactly what I needed to read this year!”
This memoir made me laugh, cry and everything in-between. Mohsin has managed to infuse such love and empathy into every chapter and its an incredible testament to his strength as a person that even in the darkest... More
“An Excellent Read”
Brilliantly written. A very honest account of the trials and tribulations of growing up as a gay Muslim in London and overcoming the difficulties which that brings to find true love and success against the odds.... More
“Beautiful, emotional, wonderful read”
Wow is all I can say. I read this book in 2 days and it didn't disappoint. An emotional rollercoaster (with lots of happy and sad tears) the whole way through. Beautifully written I wanted to keep reading over... More
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