Misfits: A Personal Manifesto - by the creator of 'I May Destroy You' (Hardback)
  • Misfits: A Personal Manifesto - by the creator of 'I May Destroy You' (Hardback)

Misfits: A Personal Manifesto - by the creator of 'I May Destroy You' (Hardback)

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Hardback 128 Pages / Published: 07/09/2021
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Inspired by her acclaimed Edinburgh Festival lecture, Michaela Coel’s passionately argued and devastatingly articulate manifesto for greater transparency and honesty is a clarion call for speaking truth to power.    


'Razor-sharp and as funny as I May Destroy You ... A gifted writer' Sunday Times | 'A remarkable talent' Guardian | 'A perfect truth-teller of our time' ELLE | 'Leaps off the page' Observer | 'Comic and devastating' New York Times | 'A magnificent thinker' gal-dem | 'A must-read' Metro | 'Your self-help bible of 2021' Sunday Times

***A BEST AUTUMN READ in Vogue, Vulture, Time Magazine, Observer, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle and LitHub ***
From the brilliant mind of the creator and star of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum comes a passionate declaration against fitting in.

Michaela Coel's MacTaggart Lecture touched a lot of people with her striking revelations about race, class and gender. But in the end, the person most impacted was Coel herself. Building on this speech, Misfits immerses readers in her deeply personal vision through powerful allegory and anecdotes - from her East London upbringing to her discovery of theatre and love for storytelling.

With inspiring insight and wit, she tells of her reckoning with trauma and metamorphosis into a champion for herself, inclusivity and radical honesty, and in telling her journey invites us to reflect on our own. By embracing our differences, she says, we can transform our lives. An artist to her core, Coel holds up the path of the creative as an emblem of our need to regard one another with care and respect - and transparency.

Misfits is a triumphant call for honesty, empathy and inclusion. This timely, necessary book is a rousing coming-to-power manifesto dedicated to anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9781529148251
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 172 g
Dimensions: 184 x 119 x 17 mm

Astute ... Coel is a gifted writer. The text is razor-sharp and as funny as I May Destroy You -- Rosie Kinchen * Sunday Times *
Warm and funny ... A perfect truth-teller of our time * ELLE *
Searing ... A call-to-arms book filled with life lessons. Prepare for this to be your self-help bible of 2021 * Sunday Times *
Her narrative power transcends the small screen. Coel's is a voice that jumps off the page, and it's one we're lucky to have applied to whichever story she chooses to tell * Vogue *
Leaps off the page ... [Coel] hits hard: funny, but also direct ... Coel is all about letting go of fear or, at least, of using it to find your way to something better -- Miranda Sawyer * Observer *

This short and sharp piece of non-fiction once again shows Michaela Coel as the magnificent thinker she is ... Misfits is profound, hilarious, devastating and breathtakingly beautiful all at once

* gal-dem *
Misfits is, to be clear, a manifesto - a statement of values, a call to arms. True to the form, you'll be urging it on people ... Coel's manifesto does not attempt to be comprehensive or systematic, but it's clear on what it wants to do and does it very well ... I suspect it bears the same relation to the sum total of Coel's intellect that The Communist Manifesto does to Marx's. I am very glad both books exist -- Naoise Dolan * Irish Times *
Coel makes her literary debut with a slim manifesto written with the same perfect balance of sentiment, insight and wit that made viewers fall in love with her on the screen * Time magazine *
By turns wryly comic and devastating ... [Misfits] codifies her efforts to achieve transparency in her work and in her life -- Dave Itzkoff * New York Times *

A small book with big ideas that provides revealing snapshots of a career in television from the vantage point of an outsider ... That Coel's original speech didn't bring about an instant revolution in the industry would surely justify its transformation into a book ... A remarkable talent

-- Fiona Sturges * Guardian *
A sharp must-read for misfits everywhere -- Sharon Lougher * Metro *
A riposte to what society deems as acceptable and how we can make change happen through empathy and a celebration of difference -- Francesca Brown * Stylist *

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“Positive affirmation for all of us who don’t feel we fit in”

Michaela Coel is an incredibly talented writer and actor and over the last decade has started to break down the barriers within the television and film” system”: This book is a call to arms for all of us who don’t... More

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“A must read for any Michaela Coel fan”

A short and sharp read that includes the full transcript of Coel's Edinburgh Festival MacTaggart lecture. The introduction to lecture provided a wonderful insight and gave more context to the content.

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“Powerful and Timely”

A manifesto written by Michaela Cole, best known for her television work with Chewing Gum and I May Destroy You. This was a speech she delivered in 2018 when she was invited to give the MacTaggart Lecture at the... More

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