Life As A Unicorn


“Al-Kadhi was 10 when they realised they were gay, having fantasised about the cartoon Robin Hood, and then Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. But their parents couldn’t accept the possibility that Al-Kadhi was anything but heterosexual. “Even if you feel gay, just sleep with girls, and you will no longer be gay” was their father’s advice, backed up by anti-homosexual teaching at school that provoked terrifying nightmares. Al-Kadhi still often wakes to find the bedding on the far side of the room.

Their book details the various methods, some harrowing, they tried in order to gain short-term relief from the unbearable sense of a divided life: from acting to abusive relationships, chemsex parties, academic perfectionism and a passion for tropical aquariums. There’s also a unicorn tattoo, on Al-Kadhi’s chest, the rump of which they used to rub, for comfort and luck.” – The Guardian.

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A heart-breaking and hilarious memoir about the author’s fight to be true to themself.

Winner of the Polari First Book Prize 2020.

Winner of a Somerset Maugham Award.


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