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What to expect

Fiercely told, this is a powerful coming-of-age story told in verse, from one of the UK’s leading poets, Dean Atta. Perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan and Poet X.

A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers – to show ourselves to the world in bold colour.

(P) 2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critics Review

  • Celebratory and passionate, Atta’s bold verse novel calls to its readers to find their own blazing, performative inner truth

    The Guardian
  • The short lines give Michael’s story an epigrammatic quality and an urgent pace that is deeply involving. A compact hardback edition, it has been beautifully produced by Hodder

    Financial Times
  • The heartwarming coming-of-age YA novel

    Bustle
  • A novel told in beautifully-written verse…an uplifting coming of age story

    The Independent
  • Beautiful…a delight to read, whatever your age

    The Independent
  • This incredibly raw debut novel excellently captures internal struggles of growing up and learning to find your voice. Written in verse, this is one that is sure to make you shed a tear.

    Grazia

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