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  • Published: 20 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473573154
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288
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A Dutiful Boy

A memoir of a gay Muslim's journey to acceptance




A coming of age memoir about growing up queer in a strict Muslim household.

A coming of age memoir about finding an identity outside of restrictive faith and family. Like Educated with a modern British context.

Mohsin Zaidi was born into a strict, close-knit Muslim family in a deprived pocket of East London. From a young age he felt different but, knowing his family would not tolerate his being gay, he felt conflicted about his sexuality.

Life didn’t seem to offer teenage Mohsin any choices: he was disenfranchised as a poor, brown boy, and he felt isolated from his family as a closet gay Muslim. Mohsin became driven to leave home in search of a more authentic life.

Mohsin’s journey takes harrowing turns, as it ruptures his family and brings him to near breaking point, but ultimately it is transformative both for him and those around him.

This an inspiring memoir about authenticity and acceptance.

  • Published: 20 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473573154
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288
Categories:

About the author

Mohsin Zaidi

Mohsin Zaidi grew up in a devout Muslim community in East London. He was the first person from his school to go to Oxford University where he studied law. Mohsin has worked at a UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague and at the UK's Supreme Court. Today he is a criminal barrister at one of the top chambers in the country and works on a number of high profile cases. He is an advocate for LGBT rights, BAME representation and social mobility. He is on the board of Stonewall, the UK's biggest LGBT rights charity and is a governor of his former secondary school. Mohsin appears as a commentator on Sky News and has previously written for Newsweek.

Praise for A Dutiful Boy

The moving personal story of a gay Muslim's tribulations and triumphs at the interface of family, faith and freedom, told with great candour and eloquence.

Peter Tatchell

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

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