What the critics are saying…


Utterly brilliant

Owen Jones

The Guardian

One of the most powerful books, elegantly and sensitively written, that I think I have ever read… an essential read

Lord Michael Cashman

A hugely important book. It’s changed the way I see myself, other people and the world

Paris Lees

An important book. I had to read it right through

Lorraine Kelly

Brilliant, important, inspiring, brave…

Wayne David


Thank you for writing this book. It’s a must read

Bisi Almi

Activist and broadcaster

Insightful, inclusive, clever and engaging

Jeremy Langmead

This powerful book, I believe, will save lives. I’d like to see every gay man reading this

Juno Dawson

Author of This Book Is Gay, The Guardian

A sensitive subject, brilliantly and intelligently handled

Evan Davis

The book everyone is talking about… This is probably the most important thing I’ll ever read as a gay man. Full of profundity & fearless honesty

Calum McSwiggan


The book we should all be talking about

Prowler Magazine

I got so much out of that book and I know a lot of people have. It’s helping a lot of people. It’s a bible.

David Hoyle

Man About Town magazine

This book should have been written a long time ago… Everyone, no matter what their background, will benefit from reading this book

John Grant


One of the best books we have ever read. Honest, thought provoking and much needed

Q Scene Magazine

Finally started to read Straight Jacket. I’m already blown away. An incredibly honest & insightful read, bravo Matthew

Tom Knight

Journalist and activist

A brilliant and moving read for everybody

Olly Alexander

Years & Years

An essential read for every gay person on the planet

Sir Elton John

An essential book… I found myself both deeply upset and hugely relieved by it’s candour… Consider Straight Jacket a call to arms

Hugh Montgomery

The Independent (i)

Cannot put it down… a book like this is long overdue

Charlie Condou

Brilliant… essential. It’s difficult to underestimate the importance of Straight Jacket

Gay Community New, Dublin

An honest insight into LGBTQ life that everyone should be enlightened about regardless of sexuality

Rylan Clark-Neal

Straight Jacket isn’t just a self help book. It’s a resource for anyone with an interest in knowing what needs to change to bring about real equality

Mobeen Azhar

Evening Standard

A superb book… Have read it twice now

Oliver Thring


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