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The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo

‘I loved every word’ – Malorie Blackman

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

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


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
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 bold and joyous hymn to self-discovery and acceptance
The Bookseller
A very modern masterpiece
The Guyliner
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
A celebration of difference ... Ultimately inspiring
Claire Hennessy, Irish Times
Celebratory and passionate, Atta's bold verse novel calls to its readers to find their own blazing, performative inner truth
The short lines give Michael's story an epigrammatic quality and an urgent pace that is deeply involving
Financial Times
A moving coming-of-age story, written with heart and panache
Irish Independent