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Person Unlimited: An Ode to My Black Queer Body by Dean Atta

Person Unlimited: An Ode to My Black Queer Body by Dean Atta


You've fought and you've run away. 
You've danced with other Black queer bodies until sunrise.
Sometimes you wanted to be caught and sometimes you wanted to be held. 
With all that you've endured, you are nothing less than miraculous.


From choirboy to drag act, grandson to mentor, poet to lover, Dean Atta has played many roles in his life. In this formally inventive, candid and courageous book, he explores what he has carried in his body: wins and losses, shame and pride, pain and joy. Dean also investigates how radical self-acceptance and a willingness to abide with discomfort open up the possibility of a life lived beyond definition: a person unlimited.



This is a tour de force of a book. It takes guts to bear it all like this. Dean does not mince words. In parts I laughed, albeit in gallows humour, was shocked to my core, shed tears and discovered hairs in parts of my body I never knew existed. Person Unlimited is not for the fainthearted; it is brutally honest. It is a testimonial of the fine writer Dean Atta - ERIC NGALLE CHARLES


Years ago within living memory this book would have been illegal and Dean could have been imprisoned for writing it. All memoir is a witness statement. Dean Atta, speak your truth and say it loud - LEMN SISSAY


A poet's moving personal testimony of a Black queer life well lived - PETER TATCHELL

  • Details

    Imprint: Canongate

    Publication Date: 4 July 2024

    ISBN: 9781838855659

    Pages: 272

    Format: Hardback

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