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

October 31, 2020
A Dutiful Boy: A memoir of a gay Muslim’s journey to acceptance

'A beautifully written, heartrending story of a young gay man'sjourney, liberation and love. A real page-turner that sparks withhumanity and hope'Lord Michael Cashman'This is the story of a family's love, a battle with shameand a long journey to acceptance. It is deeplymoving and profoundly important and itmade me cry. If you liked The Boy with the Topknot bySathnam Sanghera or Educated by Tara Westover, you willalso love this book'Elizabeth DayA coming of age memoir about growing up queer in astrict Muslim household.Mohsin grew up in a poor pocket of east London, in a devout shiaMuslim community. His family were close-knit and religiouslyconservative. From a young age, Mohsin felt different but in a homewhere being gay was inconceivable he also felt very alone.Outside of home Mohsin went to a failing inner city school wheregang violence was a fact of life. As he grew up life didn't seem tooffer teenage Mohsin any choices: he was disenfranchised fromopportunity and isolated from his family as a closet gayMuslim.But Mohsin had incredible drive and became the first person fromhis school to go to Oxford University. At university came thenewfound freedom to become the man his parents never wanted him tobe. But when he was confronted by his father and a witch doctorinvited to 'cure' him Mohsin had to make a difficult choice.Mohsin's story takes harrowing turns but it is full of life andhumour, and, ultimately, it is an inspiring story about breakingthrough life's barriers.Praise for A Dutiful Boy'A powerful read. In fact, searing in places... vivid and toldme a lot about my country... ultimately uplifting'Lionel Barber, former editor of the FinancialTimes'A Dutiful Boy delivers an intimate account of theanguish of one man's gay, Muslim, coming-of-age story, and revealssomething important about us all in the process'Afua Hirsch'The moving personal story of a gay Muslim's tribulations andtriumphs at the interface of family, faith and freedom, told withgreat candour and eloquence'Peter Tatchell'I can't recommend A Dutiful Boy enough, I couldn't putit down. A journey of self discovery, longing, triumph and hope. Ifell in love with Mohsin, I imagine you will too'Suzi Ruffell