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A Dutiful Boy : A memoir of a gay Muslim’s journey to acceptance

Zaidi, Mohsin
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing (Square Peg)
Published: August 20, 2020
ISBN: 9781529110142
288 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£14.99

Mohsin grew up in a poor pocket of east London, in a devout shia Muslim community. His family were close-knit and religiously conservative. From a young age, Mohsin felt different but in a home where being gay was inconceivable he also felt very alone. Outside of home Mohsin went to a failing inner city school where gang violence was a fact of life. As he grew up life didn’t seem to offer teenage Mohsin any choices: he was disenfranchised from opportunity and isolated from his family as a closet gay Muslim. But Mohsin had incredible drive and became the first person from his school to go to Oxford University. At university came the newfound freedom to become the man his parents never wanted him to be. But when he was confronted by his father and a witch doctor invited to ‘cure’ him Mohsin had to make a difficult choice. Mohsin’s story takes harrowing turns but it is full of life and humour, and, ultimately, it is an inspiring story about breaking through life’s barriers.

A Dutiful Boy delivers an intimate account of the anguish of one man’s gay, Muslim, coming-of-age story, and reveals something important about us all in the process,’ Afua Hirsch’

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