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A Personal Manifesto

Michaela Coel
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From the brilliant mind of Michaela Coel, creator and star of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum, comes a passionate and inspired declaration against fitting in.

When invited to deliver the MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Michaela Coel touched a lot of people with her striking revelations about race, class and gender, but the person most significantly impacted was Coel herself. Building on her celebrated speech, Misfits immerses readers in her vision through powerful allegory and deeply personal anecdotes--from her coming of age in London public housing to her discovery of theater and her love for storytelling. And she tells of her reckoning with trauma and metamorphosis into a champion for herself, inclusivity, and radical honesty.

With inspiring insight and wit, Coel lays bare her journey so far and invites us to reflect on our own. By embracing our differences, she says, we can transform our lives. An artist to her core, Coel holds up the path of the creative as an emblem of our need to regard one another with care and respect--and transparency.
Misfits is a triumphant call for honesty, empathy and inclusion. Championing "misfits" everywhere, this timely, necessary book is a rousing coming-to-power manifesto dedicated to anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.


Michaela Coel is the creator of the hit TV shows Chewing Gum and I May Destroy You. She is a BAFTA, Royal Television Society, Broadcasting Press Guild, and NAACP prize-winning actor, screenwriter, and director. In 2020, she was included in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People and British Vogue's 2020 Most Influential Women lists. Misfits is her first book.


  • Publisher:‎ Henry Holt and Co. (September 7, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • ISBN-10:‎ 1250843448
  • ISBN-13: 9781250843449
  • Item Weight: 1.74 pounds
  • Dimensions:‎ 5.38 x 8.25 inches
  • Misfits: A Personal Manifesto, Michaela Cole
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