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The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo



Atta’s bold verse novel calls to its readers to find their own blazing, performative inner truth’ – Guardian

A powerful coming-of-age story 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.

‘I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded.’

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Genre: Children's, Teenage & Educational / Personal & Social Issues (children's

On Sale: 8th August 2019

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781444948585

Reviews

Dean Atta's tender coming of age novel casts a fresh and enriching perspective on what it means to be seen as different at the level of race, culture, identity, heritage and gender ... an important book for young people
Malika Booker, Poet
A bold and joyous hymn to self-discovery and acceptance
The Bookseller
A celebration of difference ... Ultimately inspiring
Claire Hennessy, Irish Times
The short lines give Michael's story an epigrammatic quality and an urgent pace that is deeply involving
Financial Times
Celebratory and passionate, Atta's bold verse novel calls to its readers to find their own blazing, performative inner truth
Guardian
A powerful coming-of-age story about finding who you are, all told in beautifully-written verse...with an overarching message of embracing who you are and showing your true colours in the world that often imposes mundanity, a book that anyone can appreciate
Gay Times magazine
The Black Flamingo is the book I wish I had when I was younger ... joyful, emotional and full of depth
Travis Alabanza, performance artist and poet
A very modern masterpiece
The Guyliner