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A Personal Manifesto - by the creator of 'I May Destroy You'

Michaela Coel



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Ebury Press
20 September 2021
The ground-breaking much-awaited debut by leading British star Michaela Coel. A personal and powerful book about the life-changing power of transparency.

From the brilliant mind of the creator and star of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum comes a passionate declaration against fitting in.

Michaela Coel's MacTaggart Lecture touched a lot of people with her striking revelations about race, class and gender. But in the end, the person most impacted was Coel herself. Building on this speech, Misfits immerses readers in her deeply personal vision through powerful allegory and anecdotes - from her East London upbringing to her discovery of theatre and love for storytelling.

With inspiring insight and wit, she tells of her reckoning with trauma and metamorphosis into a champion for herself, inclusivity and radical honesty, and in telling her journey invites us to reflect on our own. By embracing our differences, she says, we can transform our lives. An artist to her core, Coel holds up the path of the creative as an emblem of our need to regard one another with care and respect - and transparency.

Misfits is a triumphant call for honesty, empathy and inclusion. This timely, necessary book is a rousing coming-to-power manifesto dedicated to anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.
Imprint:   Ebury Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 184mm,  Width: 119mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   172g
ISBN:   9781529148251
ISBN 10:   1529148251
Pages:   128
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michaela Coel is the creator of the hit TV shows, Chewing Gum and I May Destroy You. She is a BAFTA, Royal Television Society, Broadcasting Press Guild and NAACP prize-winning actor, screenwriter and director. In 2020, she was included in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People and British Vogue's 2020 Most Influential Women lists. Misfits is her first book.

Reviews for Misfits: A Personal Manifesto - by the creator of 'I May Destroy You'

By turns wryly comic and devastating ... [Misfits] codifies her efforts to achieve transparency in her work and in her life.To an audience that is still discovering Coel, her life and her work. -- Dave Itzkoff * New York Times * The multitalented, multi-brilliant creator of I May Destroy You expands on her 2018 lecture that shot her to fame - a searing speech about race, class and [her own] sexual assault - a call-to-arms book filled with her own life lessons. Prepare for this to be your self-help bible of 2021 * Sunday Times * Her narrative power transcends the small screen. Coel's is a voice that jumps off the page, and it's one we're lucky to have applied to whichever story she chooses to tell * Vogue *

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