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Woman in the Making
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'Today, as I walked through Dublin city centre, I saw gay couples casually holding hands as they strolled, and kissing each other goodbye at bus stops in the late spring sunshine, and it seemed to me that all was changed, changed utterly ...' - From the Prologue, written three days after Ireland became the first country in the world to embrace marriage equality through popular vote Woman in the Making is the unforgettable story of how a little boy from a small Irish village in the west grew up to become Panti Bliss, Queen of Ireland and voice of a brave new nation embracing equality, all the colours of the rainbow and, most of all, a glamorous attitude.
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'Brilliantly told ... The extraordinary story of a boy, a drag queen, and a nation' Graham Norton

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Rory O'Neill is Panti Bliss, Ireland's foremost 'gender discombobulist' and accidental activist. Rory first began performing as his alter-ego Panti when he was an art student in the late '80s before moving to Tokyo and becoming a fixture on the club scene there. Returning to Dublin in 1995, Panti ran some of Dublin's seminal club nights, hosted the legendary Alternative Miss Ireland for 18 years, and performed all over the world. Panti has written and performed three critically acclaimed, hit theatre shows: In These Shoes, All Dolled Up and A Woman in Progress. In 2013, All Dolled Up: Restitched, a re-imagining of her three hit shows, had a sold out run at the Abbey Theatre and toured Australia. She is also the landlady of Pantibar. Panti's creator Rory O'Neill is a champion of gay rights. Dressed with impeccable taste, done up to the nines, and wearing the best (synthetic!) wigs money can buy, he was synonymous with the campaign for equal marriage in Ireland - despite having no plans to wed. This is his first book.

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Engaging...an important book Sunday Business Post" Engaging...an important book--Sunday Business Post Funny, self-deprecating, well-written...O'Neill's a witty writer and his recollections of a life less ordinary are never boring--Hot Press Likeable, witty and bold...touching and hilarious--The Irish Times The narrative races wittily along ... a recognisable story of growing up in an Ireland that was itself doing a bit of maturing--RTE Guide Brilliantly told ... The extraordinary story of a boy, a drag queen, and a nation--Graham Norton Engaging...an important book Sunday Business Post" Likeable, witty and bold...touching and hilarious The Irish Times"

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