’MAGIC! A fun, fierce, honest origin story of how to drag yourself up out of trouble and become an icon’ Katherine Ryan
'A triumph for UK queer culture’ Travis Alabanza
'Eye-opening, intelligent, thoughtful as well as sassy and surprising – a must read’ Lorraine Kelly
A witty and inspiring guide to transforming your life through lessons from drag, by the UK’s favourite drag queen and star of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Bimini Bon Boulash.
From being told she couldn’t have dance lessons as a kid in Great Yarmouth to having to conform to the stereotypes of the gay scene in London’s East End, people have always been trying to put Bimini Bon Boulash in a box. It was only through discovering the art of drag that she began to fight back against those preconceptions, and understand that she had the power to define herself.
In Release the Beast, Bimini tells the story of how drag took her from the brink of self-destruction to become a gag-inducing, death-dropping, plant-based superstar. Drawing on her own experience as a nonbinary person in a binary world, as well as inspirational stories from history, politics, pop culture and fashion, she uses all her wit, charm and kindness to show us how to lead the lives we wish we could lead, through the life-changing magic of dragging up.
'Radical, life-affirming, and utterly important for this time’ Riyadh Khalaf
'A very important read’ Gottmik
'She’s a superstar’ Kathy Burke
'You will always be our winner’ Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
'A force of nature’ James Acaster