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More rave reviews of We Can Be Heroes


Huge thanks to everyone who’s read an advance copy of We Can Be Heroes and shared their thoughts! As Mr Bowie used to say, "love on ya!"


Russell T Davies -

‘Paul Burston is the best of us. A great activist, a great journalist, a great man. This memoir is brutally honest, powering through the AIDS crisis, gay shame, addiction, all the way through to hope and redemption. If you’re in trouble, read this: Paul shows that you can survive. Wonderful.’

Bernardine Evaristo -

‘A compelling a hugely enjoyable memoir about a fearless life lived to the full. From the groundbreaking gay activism over many decades to the wild years of intoxication and compulsive sex, I so admired Burston’s ruthless honesty and brave emotional vulnerability.’

Janet Ellis -

‘What a book! Honest, vivid, raw, revealing and written with generosity and charisma... a triumph and an inspiration.’

Erin Kelly -

‘Burston’s generation of gay men and lesbians are the giants upon whose shoulders today’s queer youth stand, and this book sets out his achievements and struggles in unflinching, compassionate, angry and often blackly comic detail. I felt the stickiness of club floors under my feet and the breath of police officers on the back of my neck as I read. An urgent, unmissable read.’

Juno Roche -

‘Paul Burston has been there through years of gay history and struggle, often right on the very front line fighting for space, fighting for others. I read this straight through - couldn’t put it down. It’s a gorgeous memoir. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.’

Matt Cain -

‘I raced through this wonderful memoir by senior statesman of queer culture, Paul Burston. It charts his journey from gay shame to pride and his work as a journalist, activist and authors to help others share in that emotion. It’s illuminating, engrossing and electrifying.’

Madeleine Black -

‘I loved this memoir and a lot of it resonated with me and my own journey too, even though our stories are very different. Whilst I’m not gay or an AIDS activist like the author, I identified so much with squashing down my hurt and disappointment for years also with drugs and alcohol and the healing power of the songs of David Bowie. I think both of us were trying to forget our darker moments and filling a void that we didn’t want to fall into.

I loved following his journey from gay shame to gay pride and I was cheering him on and felt such admiration for that young bullied, shamed and silenced boy who has emerged into an authentic man that refuses to be quiet!’

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