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Go the Way Your Blood Beats
Emmett de Monterey, Go the Way Your Heart Beats
  • ISBN: 9780241570531
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Binding: Hardback

Go the Way Your Blood Beats

Emmett de Monterey

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Shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2023.

When Emmett de Monterey is 18 months old, he is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Growing up in south-east London, he is spat at on the street, and prayed over at church. At his sixth-form college for disabled students, he is told he will be expelled if the rumours are true, that he is gay. Supposedly life-changing surgery on his legs in America failed to change his life, and in this vivid, affecting memoir he faces with clear-eyed intensity what it is to live the only life you have, even when it falls short of expectations.

‘A frank and intimate memoir written with an incredible clear-eyed intensity’ Claire Fuller

‘Vivid, engaging . . . this insightful memoir sheds light on the author’s life as a disabled gay man who is often rendered invisible’ Andrew McMillan

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