Young writes with the likable fizz he’s kept revealing throughout his successful pop career (his latest album, 2019’s Lexicon, got to No 2 in the charts), and on the podcast he co-hosted, Homo Sapiens. His style is sweetly curious and he colours his vulnerabilities with humour. He recalls finding gay porn online at home in the 1990s (“I’d have to put a towel over the router because it would make a noise like a fax machine… I cannot explain to you how excruciating those 30 seconds were”). He recalls a scene from A Room With a View featuring a naked Rupert Graves that he would watch, frame by frame, covertly as a teenager. Years later, they recorded a radio play together. “I chose not to share this information with Rupert Graves, which, I think, was probably for the best,” he says.
... “I could get outraged every minute of every day,” he adds, before making clear that this book is part of his mission to direct his anger in positive ways. How brilliant it is that he’s written it. Let’s hope there’s more to come.