Mohsin Zaidi

Mohsin Zaidi

  • A Dutiful Boy
  • Award-Winning Author, Commentator and Lawyer
  • Mental Health, Social Mobility and LGBTQ+ Speaker

Mohsin Zaidi is an award-winning author, commentator and lawyer. His critically acclaimed memoir, A Dutiful Boy was named a Guardian, GQ and New Statesman Book of the Year and won the prestigious Lambda Literary Award.

A Dutiful Boy is a coming of age memoir about Mohsin, a Muslim boy growing up in a poor part of London in a strict religious household who has to come to terms with the fact that he is gay. He becomes the first person from his school to go to Oxford University, where he is confronted with the broken parts of his identity and seeks a way to reconcile seeming irreconcilable worlds. He then goes on to become a criminal barrister.

In young adulthood, Mohsin fights for a place in his family and ultimately finds it. At its heart, the story is one of family love, with parents overcoming the religious and cultural barriers that stand between them and their son. As well as faith, sexuality and mental health, the book addresses issues of race and class in a subtle but sophisticated manner.

It has been described by The Guardian as 'a profound meditation on the power of the human heart to transcend the contradictions of diverse cultures and create something new...utterly compelling...providing a lesson of acceptance for us all, and for the future of our multicultural society'. The Times says it is a book that will save lives. Mohsin was recently on Elizabeth Day's 'How to Fail' podcast and she has said the book is 'deeply moving and profoundly important'.

LGBT rights, BAME representation and social mobility, Mohsin sits on the board of Stonewall and is listed by The Financial Times as a top future LGBT leader. A regular commentator on Sky News, he also writes for CNN Style, The i Newspaper, Bustle, Mr Porter and Newsweek. He was recently listed in The Lawyer Magazine Hot 100 and Attitude magazine named him a trailblazer changing the world.

Speaking Topics

  • Mental Health
  • Social Mobility
  • LGBTQ+
  • D&I / Intersectionality
  • The Power of Representation

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