BOY QUEEN, George Lester's debut novel, was published by Macmillan in 2020 and was a Waterstones Book of the Year.
"A hilarious, exhilarating, touching debut novel, filled with failure, self-discovery, resilience and glitter.” - Guardian
'A stunning debut' - Waterstones
'Endlessly charming, funny and and touching' - Book Brunch
“This book will be enjoyable for both diehards and newbies to drag. It’s full of fun, sass, and heart. Hang on to your wig because it will be snatched!” – Dean Atta, author of Black Flamingo
“A funny, sparkly, and joyful celebration of drag! Boy Queen celebrates the power of community and shows how finding your people can help you find yourself. I loved it!” – Alice Oseman, author of Heartstopper
“Lester’s sharp, witty debut tells the story of Robin Cooper, who escapes a life that is falling apart when he discovers the world of drag.” - i paper
Robin Cooper’s life is falling apart. While his friends prepare to head off to University, Robin is looking a pile of rejection letters from drama schools up and down the country, and facing a future without the people he loves the most. Everything seems like it’s ending, and Robin is scrabbling to find his feet. Then one night everything changes at Entity, a local queer bar, and he might have just found his new beginning. After a failed performance at an open mic, Robin is pulled wig first into a world of big hair, high heels and even higher stakes. But with boy trouble and family drama on the horizon, lip synching for your mother-tucking life might not be enough.
George Lester is a freelance editor, musical theatre lover and drag nerd who lives with his wonderful partner in Twickenham. He semi-regularly (when he remembers) posts videos online talking about books and writing mostly. He is also a Drag Queen under the name That Gurrrl. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram @TheGeorgeLester while she can be found on Twitter and Instagram @TheGurrrlQueen.