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Summary

In the spring of 2012, Calum finds himself single again after his relationship of six years comes to an end. 

Heartbroken, unhappy and unsure of what to do next, he leaves the hometown he has been in all his life to embark on a journey that takes him all around the world, from teaching in a school on the outskirts of Rome to exploring the sex clubs of Berlin, to raising tigers in an animal sanctuary deep in the jungles of Thailand. Along the way, he meets LGBT+ people from all walks of life and every part of the rainbow - from an Italian teenager struggling with a homophobic father to a kathoey navigating life as a trans person in Thailand, to a young HIV-positive man living on the streets of London. 

Their individual stories, not only of hardship and sorrow but also of profound strength and hope, show the breadth and depth of queer life and experience, shedding light on themes such as homophobia, sexual violence, marriage equality and gender identity. Through these meetings and friendships, Calum not only finds the encouragement to embrace life after heartbreak, but also discovers a beautiful, loving global community who support and uplift him through the best and worst moments of his time on the road. 

A travel memoir with a difference, Eat, Gay, Love is a celebration of the power of community and a personal tribute to the extraordinary lives of LGBT+ people everywhere in the world.

©2020 Calum McSwiggan (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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Amazingggg

This book really touched me as it deals with the actual experiences of gay people. Not the projection that many put forward as a facade of reality. An amazing book and I cannot wait for more from this writer ❤

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So fantastic I listened to it twice

Excellent book from start to finish. Touches on all manner of things the LGBT+ Community does well.

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Breath taking

I have been a fan of Callum for such a long time now. Callum has always seemed to be a extremely private person! However I think Callum has really opened up in this book! So proud of Callum and he should be so proud of his self! He is a true LGBT+ icon and someone I genuinely look up to! Well done Callum and I hope we don’t have to wait too long to read/hear more of your epic adventures. ❤️❤️❤️

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Lovely, Inspiring

Down-to-earth and honest, memoir & introduction to LGBTQ+ lives, in different parts of the world. Doesn't cover everyone but strongly celebrates diversity and doesn't shy away from the grim realities of homophobia and transphobia, while advocating for change. Loved it.

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What an amazing story!<3

I must admit that when I heard of this book, I just saw it as yet another youtuber book. Nothing to write home about.
But then I gave it a chance after all. And it amazed me! The story is so personal and yet I do not feel that I have invaded another persons personal life. I was simply invited to be a guest on the journey. The story is bold and heartlifting!<3
I would recommend this book to anyone who simply wants to be the guest on the journey. And make no mistake! Being a guest is not something to look down upon. But somethink to be very thankfull for. Because it can teach a great number of things people and about love <3
And remember.
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE <3

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true take on lgbt+ life

loved all of it. narrator is FABULOUS! such a good listen. highly recommend this book!

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amazing!

Fantastic book! a must read/listen doesn't matter your gender or sexual orientation, it had me crying for so many reasons... It is such an amazing experience to have narrated by the author, can't recommend it enough.

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Great story, lovely voice

It's so very relatable, even though I don't travel. This book does the traveling for you! Calum's voice is really lovely. He does regularly sound as if he's ending a sentence before it's time, but that's fine in the bigger picture.

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Beautiful story

Calum invites you into his world and on a journey through his adventures and doesn’t leave you disappointed. Sharing his experiences with striking honesty and bringing you in.

I was hooked from the first chapter and whilst I listened at every opportunity, I was so sad to leave the book.

A wonderful story shining light on the LGBT+ community.

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Fabulous book

Really enjoyed this book. Very honest account and gives those with similar experiences or struggles hope.

Well done for your honesty and sharing

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  • 20-07-20

Thoroughly enjoyable

From start to finish it is extremely well-written. Hearing Calum narrate his own story is a great listen. You hear his emotions as he narrates.

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  • 17-07-20

loved it

i loved this book, so easy to read , so good, emotional and fun .

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  • 11-07-20

eat pray love but make it gay

eat pray love but make it gay full love for community and life stories definitely worth a listen highly recommend