The All of It: A Bogan Rhapsody

The heart-breaking, heart-warming, heart-stopping Aussie memoir which redefines "she'll be right".

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If you’re alive, you can do anything.

If you’re reading this, you’re not dead.

What’s it like to grow up in an Aussie family that has a man of every flavour? A bank robber, an infamous sports umpire, several different breeds of drug addict (collect the whole set!), a roster of crafty swindlers, an attempted murderer and the local town drunk. And what if you had a secret so ghastly that you feared it made you more disgraceful than all of your roguish ancestors combined?

Seven years ago, Ben was a millennial with a death wish. He was loveless, overweight, crashing in his parents’ rumpus room and blinking his life away in a haze of marijuana vape. Then one day Ben decided to change everything – starting with the Ben bit. Becoming Cadance was more than a gender transition: it was a transition in every way, fear to acceptance, from self-loathing to love, anger to kindness. She was determined to experience the all of it.

Written with dazzling creativity and exuberance, The All of It is a wild coming-of-gender memoir like no other. Tender, tragic, hilarious and life-affirming, it will leave you understanding a little more about trans people, rural Australia, family, millennials and the beautiful contradictions of our kaleidoscopic world.

Praise for The All of It: A Bogan Rhapsody

Benjamin Law

Writer / Producer / Performer

"Cadance Bell is the human equivalent of Halley’s Comet: a once-in-a-lifetime blazing talent."

Beejay Silcox

Australian Writer & Critic

"Madcap and bruised and bruising and gorgeous! And fucking funny!! A perfect book."

The Guardian

Must read books of July 2022

"Laugh-out-loud funny and often moving... Bell is witty and candid, and I suspect we’ll read a lot more from her."

Star Observer

Linc Jenkin

"Truly the book all of Australia needs in 2022."

Opus Magazine

Phoebe Barsi

"A book for everyone… an unmissable read, and I am telling, not recommending, telling you to read this book. I promise you will not regret it."

Books+Publishing

George Banach-Salas

"In The All of It: A bogan rhapsody, Cadance Bell gives us multitudes. This memoir is raw, vulnerable, authentic and full of heart."

Kia Handley

Writer / Producer / Performer

"An incredible book... a game changer for regional queer people..."

Cady's Mum

Dragon (and Mum)

"Fathers! People are gonna think your mother is a bloody raving loon!"

 

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