Woman in the Making

Woman in the Making : Panti's Memoir

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1968. In a small town in the west of Ireland, a beautiful baby boy is born. He enjoys an idyllic country childhood: privileged, carefree, surrounded by love - and pet sheep.
Eleven years later, the Pope visits Ireland, and things will never be the same again. At the Pontiff's mass in Knock, the little boy has an epiphany that will set him on the road to become the biggest, boldest, and most opinionated drag queen Ireland has ever known.
This is the story of Rory O'Neill's journey from the fields to becoming Panti Bliss, the voice of a brave new nation embracing diversity, all the colours of the rainbow and, most of all, a glamorous attitude.
It's also the story of a misfit who turned his difference into a triumphant art form; of coming to terms with HIV; of political activism; and of 'Pantigate', and the speech that touched a million lives.
Welcome to the world of Panti - adored, fun drunk aunt to the world - and her creator Rory, in their own inimitable words.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 154 x 234 x 23mm | 412g
  • Castleknock, Ireland
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1444798561
  • 9781444798562
  • 264,640

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Brilliantly told ... The extraordinary story of a boy, a drag queen, and a nation * Graham Norton * 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 -- Anna Carey * The Irish Times * Engaging...an important book * Sunday Business Post * The narrative races wittily along ... a recognisable story of growing up in an Ireland that was itself doing a bit of maturing * RTE Guide *
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About Rory O'Neill

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.
Despite having no plans to wed, Panti's creator is a champion of gay rights. Dressed with impeccable taste, done up to the nines, and wearing the best wigs money can buy, he has become synonymous with the campaign for equal marriage in Ireland. This is Rory O'Neill's first book.
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