Positioning statement: Can you ever really know where desire will take you? And is it possible to label sexual desire simply as straight or gay?
Does categorisation clarify or confuse sexuality? How useful are the concepts of ''''straight'''', ''''gay'''' and ''''bi''''? Is everyone or no-one, actually bisexual?
At a time when over 50% of young people identify as ''''not 100% heterosexual'''', and an increasing number of young celebrities are coming out as gay, bi or pansexual and/or gender fluid, non-binary or trans•, or simply refusing to define their sexuality or gender at all, this is a timely meditation on the many forms of desire.
Essential reading for anyone who has ever questioned their sexuality, and (even more so) for anyone who hasn't.
Marketing plans: pitching for Guardian Long Read/major weekend supplement feature on bisexual celebrities; relevant radio shows like Radio 4's Front Row; reviews across literary and broadsheet press; festival appearances/bookshop talks around UK. Author has written for outlets including Guardian, Spectator and the New Statesman previously and appeared at festivals.
Synopsis: Using bisexuality as a frame, Go the Way Your Blood Beats questions the division of sexuality into straight and gay, in a timely exploration of the complex histories and psychologies of human desire.
A challenge to the idea that sexuality can either ever be fully known or neatly categorised, it is a meditation on desire's unknowability. Interwoven with anonymous addresses to past loves - the sex of whom remain obscure - the book demonstrates the universalism of human desire.
Part essay, part memoir, part love letter, Go the Way Your Blood Beats asks us to see desire and sexuality as analogous with art - a mysterious, creative force.