Bad Habit (Hardback)
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Bad Habit (Hardback)

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£16.99
Hardback 240 Pages
Published: 23/05/2024
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‘I urge you to read Bad Habit' PEDRO ALMODÓVAR

‘An engulfing novel’ AVNI DOSHI

‘Believe the hype!' OKECHUKWU NZELU

‘The book that everyone is reading’NEW YORK TIMES

Beautifully written and told in an irresistible voice, Bad Habit is a powerfully moving coming-of-age novel following a young trans woman in 1980s Madrid.

An unnamed young trans woman grows up in a working-class suburb that has no place for her. She discovers community and kinship in downtown Madrid, amid a dazzling party scene animated by charming junkies, glamorous pop divas, and fallen angels. With each step she takes forward in the city, she finds herself confronted by an antagonism she does not yet know how to counter. In this thrilling and yet often frightening place each decision can have the highest of stakes and yet she knows that only she can forge a path forward to the life she truly wants to live.

Beautiful and deeply moving, Bad Habit by Alana S Portero is translated by Mara Faye Lethem, and deftly illuminates the search for identity and the power of chosen family. Bad Habit is an unforgettable story of self-realisation that speaks to the outsider in all of us.

'A work of deep humility’GUARDIAN

‘A revelation … made me weep more than once’ SABA SAMS

‘Infused with camp humour, pathos and the spirit of resilience’ AMELIA ABRAHAMS

'Affecting and evocative' OBSERVER

'Painful yet unquestionably hopeful' NICOLA DINAN

‘Portero’s elegant storytelling catches a celestial light’ ELOGHOSA OSUNDE

‘Leaves you stunned’ TRAVIS ALABANZA

‘Obliges the reader to hold back (or unleash) their feelings chapter after chapter’VOGUE SPAIN

‘The most talked-about debut of the year’TIME OUT SPAIN

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008663292
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘I urge you, read Bad Habit to fully grasp the degree of adversity, pain, and danger endured for virtue of growing-up trans’ Pedro Almodóvar 'The book that everyone is reading … tells the story of a working-class transgender woman full of rage and beauty, pain and poetry' New York Times 'Affecting and evocative … incredibly heartening' Observer 'A work of deep humility, spilling over with prose rich as double cream’ Guardian ‘Portero’s elegant storytelling catches a celestial light, illuminating the body in ways beyond language’ Eloghosa Osunde, author of Vagabonds! 'Portero’s prose is so commanding … painful yet unquestionably hopeful' Nicola Dinan, author of Bellies ‘An exemplary and fresh example of the trans bildungsroman … Poignant’ Washington Post ‘Leaves you stunned … Devastating yet beautiful … Special and unique' Travis Alabanza, author of None of the Above ‘Elegant and brutal’ Morgan M Page, author of Boys Don’t Cry ‘Affecting and poetic … Keenly observed’ New York Times Book Review ‘Incredibly moving, completely absorbing … Unforgettable’ Okechukwu Nzelu, author of Here Again Now ‘A beautiful novel … about the journey we take to become who we truly are’ Elena Medel, author of The Wonders ‘Vivid, compassionate and compulsive' Rachel Dawson, author of Neon Roses ‘A ballad, a quest, a revelation’ Saba Sams, author of Send Nudes ‘A story of defiance that makes you proud to be queer’ Amelia Abrahams, author of Queer Intentions ‘A singular and raw voice … The most talked-about debut of the year’ Time Out Spain ‘Engulfing … Portero had me captivated with her visceral prose’ Avni Doshi, author of Burnt Sugar ‘Brutal, tender, and vulnerable … A masterpiece’ Marisa Crane, author of I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself

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Lauren

“Must read”

Bad Habit is a beautifully tender and moving novel.

I SOBBED.

Translated from Spanish, set in Madrid. A coming of age story about the pain of being your true self and finding your sisterhood.

It’s... More

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“A mesmerising and equally heartbreaking read about courage and strength”

Thankyou to the publisher for my copy.
This book was such a raw, beautiful read, about the coming of age and having the courage and strength to be your true self. I enjoyed the colourful characters and how they... More

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“An outstanding debut”

A beautiful depiction of womanhood in the face of poverty and brutality, where everyday women are venerated and elevated to mythology and legend. Bad Habit gives voice to the trauma of lost childhood, gender... More

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