None of the Above

Travis Alabanza

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Canongate Books Ltd
4 August 2022
ISBN: 9781838854317
Hardback
224 pages

From the publisher

'When you are someone that falls outside of categories in so many ways, a lot of things are said to you. And I have had a lot of things said to me.'

In None of the Above, Travis Alabanza examines seven phrases people have directed at them about their gender identity. These phrases have stayed with them over the years. Some are deceptively innocuous, some deliberately loaded or offensive, some celebratory; sentences that have impacted them for better and for worse; sentences that speak to the broader issues raised by a world that insists that gender must be a binary.

Through these seven phrases, which include some of their most transformative experiences as a Black, mixed race, non binary person, Travis Alabanza turns a mirror back on society, giving us reason to question the very framework in which we live and the ways we treat each other.