Queer and Catholic
A life of contradiction
Hardback |224 pp |198 x 126 mm
'Funny, moving and powerful'.
Mark Dowd relates his struggles and triumphs with such levity and charm that it feels like correspondence from an old friend. Its fashionable to want to know how gay people feel, but perhaps less so to explore the mind of a sometimes struggling but always persisting Catholic.
How could you not love a book that finds room in its massive heart for both Oscar Romero and for Manchesters greatest drag queen, Foo Foo Lammar?
This superb memoir of a gay, working class boy from Manchester exploring how to reconcile his sexuality with his Catholicism is all the more powerful because of his deep knowledge of and commitment to his faith. Spanning the late 1960s to the present day, Mark Dowds Queer and Catholic chronicles a changing attitude to same-sex attraction over more than half a century and is packed with stories in turn funny, deeply moving and spiritually insightful, including: coming out to his parents by talking in his sleep, training to become a Dominican priest before eloping from a religious order with an ex friar, and attending the funeral of his father accompanied by his father!