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A Dutiful Boy Reviews

A Dutiful Boy by Mohsin Zaidi

A Dutiful Boy

A memoir of a gay Muslim's journey to acceptance

Mohsin Zaidi

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1 review

Imprint: Square Peg
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 26 May 2020
ISBN: 9781529110159

Mohsin's story takes harrowing turns but it is full of life and humour, and, ultimately, it is an inspiring story about breaking through life's barriers.

  • The ObserverBook of the Day
5 stars out of 5
Ashish Ghadiali
25 Aug 2020

"I couldn’t put the book down, and at times I laughed out loud. I also cried."

As the basis of an identity narrative for the 21st century, I found this utterly compelling. I couldn’t put the book down, and at times I laughed out loud. I also cried.

It’s true that this memoir will, and should, be read as a challenge to the homophobia that prevails in Britain’s Muslim, as in so many other, communities, and it contains few passages more delightful than the one where Zaidi, by now an Oxford graduate on his way to a lucrative job at a “magic circle” law firm, demolishes a witch doctor who has been brought to the family home to “cure” him of his sexuality.