Manatomy is a collection of wry, witty and cheeky poems exploring how nature, nurture, pop culture, prejudice and politics shape the identity of camp gay man James McDermott.
Structured in three parts – ‘Boy’, ‘Youth’ and ‘Man’ – Manatomy interrogates how the experiences of growing up gay in a homophobic world and in rural millennial England affect a gay man’s relationships with himself, his partners, the LGBTQ+ community and the wider world
"McDermott's debut collection delivers us his heart, his terrors and his triumphs. Posh Spice, Hooch, shower room headlocks, and a Daewoo Matiz all feature as he paints his passions on a quotidian backdrop. An honest and direct account of growing up gay on the very edges of England" Luke Wright; 'A work of great intimacy. Utterly contemporary and impressively confessional. A book that was missing from the lives of many youths of my generation. May it reach many.' - David McAlmont; 'This funny, frank and filthy debut begs to be shared with friends, lovers and homophobic relatives.' - Molly Naylor
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