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In To Be a Gay Man, Will Young speaks out about gay shame, revealing the impact it had on his own life, how he learned to deal with it and how he can now truthfully say he is gay and happy.

We know Will as a multi-platinum recording artist, Olivier-nominee and the first winner of the Idol franchise. But his story began long before his first audition. Looking back on a world where growing up being called gay was the ultimate insult and coming out after a lifetime of hiding his sexuality, Will explores the long-lasting impact repressing his true self has had.

As Will’s own story demonstrates, internalised shame in childhood increases the risk of developing low self-worth, and even self-disgust, leading to destructive behaviours in adult life.

Will revisits the darkest extremes he has been to, sharing his vulnerabilities, his regrets, tracing his own navigation through it all and showing the way for others who might have felt alone in the same experience.

Here you will find a friend, champion and mentor, breaking taboos with frank honesty and offering invaluable practical advice on overcoming the difficult issues too often faced within the LGBTQ+ community.

©2020 Will Young (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Just wonderful.

Will is incredibly honest about his life. The highs and the lows and he doesn't hold back with the difficult times he has come through.

There are quite a few laugh out loud moments too. The situations he found himself in and some of people he met on his journey.

He has a great sense of humor, is very self depreciating. I won't spoilt it for the future readers, but his loud, verbal reaction to the boys hassling the busker is a classic.

I found particularly interesting the section of the book on the way some journalists and media personalities had treated him. Pretty appallingly to be blunt.

I recommend this book as it is, in all honestly, seriously good.

A real pleasure to get to know much more about this talented chap's life.

Great read.

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To be or not to be Gay or Not a book for everyone to get the message

l went straight into the Audio book and could not stop listening to it. Will has a mesmerising voice. l just loved it and found Will’s journey throughout sad in parts and also so helpful to those going through
the same realisations. l also thought it would help straight people to have a better understanding of what gay people have to deal with

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Interesting and easy to listen to

Will has a great voice so the performance was excellent. I loved it. As a bisexual woman who had an easy coming out, I identified with a lot whilst not completely relating. Lots of interesting thinking points, and also heartbreaking to hear about the homophobia Will, and many others, have suffered.

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Great book- much more than just a memoir

I found this book fascinating. It’s far more than just a memoir or personal experience. Yes it gives personal details, and at times is very candid and bravely self exposing, but it’s also a history of how the world and in particular the UK has treated gay people so badly over the years.
Highly recommend

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eye opening

Beautifully nitrated, something so soothing about Will's voice and a heart warming life journey, really enjoy this book

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Great audio book

I would recommend this book, it’s funny, honest and author take the time to be vulnerable and strong through the book. Worth taken the time to listen or read this book.

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A good book

Narrative is wonderful (not surprisingly)). The story is catching, especially for londoners. Easy to follow, but the story (self biography) of course isn’t pleasant- as the life itself though. The author concentrated mostly on aspects of his biography, and also named a few areas , such as shame, pretending, never be enough. For each this field there are dozens of specific books, but it will be a useful list for someone without understanding where to go for if needed)

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Will Young To Be A Gay Man

A beautifully written and narrated book. Such depth and honesty. Well done Will you are a true loving human being.

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Brlliantly honest

This is thought provoking read, great ups and downs but also the insight into society and issues on every day gay life, as a mother of a gay son I found it informative and eye opener.....don't read my review just start the book ......please x

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Will Young’s interesting account highlighting the issues of gay shame in society

An interesting personal account by Will Young that will hopefully help to open the conversation about gay shame and the lasting effects experienced by lgbtq+ people growing up in a heteronormative society.

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Thoughtful and eloquent

A surprising read / listen that had me riveted.
I loved how the chapters were carefully laid out and each story had a purpose and was thought provoking.