Publication Date: 22/06/2023 ISBN: 9781838854331 Category:

None of the Above

Travis Alabanza

Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication Date: 22/06/2023 ISBN: 9781838854331 Category:
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‘No memoir like it’ Independent
‘Travis Alabanza writes with such generosity and ease even the most provocative suggestions start to seem obvious . . . Profound and funny’ SHON FAYE
‘Will challenge, empower and move your soul’ Glamour
‘Lucid and glorious’ YRSA DALEY-WARD

In None of the Above, Travis Alabanza examines seven phrases people have directed at them as a Black, mixed race, non-binary person. Some are deceptively innocuous, some deliberately loaded or offensive, some celebratory; sentences that have impacted them for better and for worse; sentences that speak to the broader issues raised by a world that insists that gender must be a binary.

Through these seven phrases, Travis Alabanza turns a mirror back on society, giving us reason to question the very framework in which we live and the ways we treat each other.

Publisher Review

A breath of fresh air . . . Anyone expecting a hand-holding guidebook will be disappointed by the candour, complexity and subjectivity of None of the Above. There's no memoir like it published in the UK . . . Alabanza's memoir offers welcome nuance to those willing to listen * * Independent * * Travis Alabanza writes about gender and its possibilities with such generosity and ease even the most provocative suggestions start to seem obvious, despite their challenges to society at large. This anti-memoir, which is at times both profound and funny, will make anyone question the stories we tell about ourselves, how we tell them and even who the telling is for -- SHON FAYE, author of THE TRANSGENDER ISSUE A change-maker shaping the culture of tomorrow -- BERNARDINE EVARISTO [Travis Alabanza is] a big voice in multiple intersecting communities . . . This is a book that is supposed to make other people feel seen, heard and help them understand themselves. It's brilliant -- JAMEELA JAMIL Travis is an incredible thinker, philosopher and human being -- VICKY FEATHERSTONE * * Guardian * * Flips the well thumbed script that casts oppressed people as lead in the tale of their mistreatment, boldly interrogating the faults of a society that allows such mistreatment to occur . . . Alabanza's lyrical style and theatrical grounding is the book's lifeblood * * Gay Times * * Lucid and glorious. Truth that goes on and on making room for itself -- YRSA DALEY-WARD One of those times you are so profoundly grateful that someone has cracked open their head and allowed you to look around at the beautiful, sad and remarkable parts that make them who they are. A gloriously specific, funny and smart body of work -- CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS Travis' words have power. An essential read for everyone -- SAM SMITH Brilliant . . . This is a book which everyone can learn from, whether you're a cis person who hasn't yet interrogated how your options are shut down or any flavour of trans person pushed towards trying to be less visible but maybe less of yourself for having the options stolen away -- CHRISTINE BURNS

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