The Boy in the Yellow Dress by Victor Marsh
ISBN 9781742984087 – paperback | ISBN 9781742984094 – eBook
342 pp. RRP (trade Australia and New Zealand) A$29.95
Perth in the 1950s. After being caught wearing his mother’s yellow dress, young Victor had to hide any tendency towards gender inappropriate behaviour. But his interest in dancing and theatre (and mooning over Rudolph Nureyev on the telly) were bound to make the façade collapse at some point. Emerging sexuality and the sense of not being ‘at home’ in his body, let alone the world, ran alongside a search for meaning that brought him eventually to a spiritual awakening under the young guru Maharaji …
Part family tragedy, part existential comedy, The Boy in the Yellow Dress is a warts-and-all account of exile and the subsequent journey homewards that is less about finding a respectable place in the world than an intimate connection with the ultimate source of being.
If ever a memoir captured the Zeitgeist, it’s this one … Wise, funny, surprising at every turn … More than a portrait of growing up gay, it chronicles the wild search for meaning of an entire generation.
Amanda Lohrey (2012 Patrick White Award Winner)
Dr Victor Marsh is an honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland and does sessional teaching at Southern Cross University. His doctoral dissertation The Journey of the Queer ‘I’ focused on identity positioning in gay men’s spiritual autobiographies. In 2010 he wrote Mr Isherwood Changes Trains: Christopher Isherwood and the Search for the ‘home self’, a critical discussion of the often-misunderstood religious life of the British writer whose relationship with his guru, a Swami in the Ramakrishna Order of Monks, lasted nearly 40 years. In 2011 Victor compiled and edited Speak Now, a collection of essays on issues surrounding same-sex marriage in Australia.
CATEGORY: AUTOBIOGRAPHY / SPIRITUALITY