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Caught in the Act: A Memoir
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Title:
Caught in the Act: A Memoir
Written by:
Shane Jenek 
Read by:
Shane Jenek 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
10 hours 14 minutes 
Published:
June 01 2022 
Available Date:
June 01 2022 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781867581130 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Australian; Autobiography; Celebrity; Memoirs 
Publisher:
Bolinda audio 
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Shortlisted ABIA / Literary Fiction Book of the Year

Caught in the Act is about our journey towards understanding gender, sexuality and identity. It's an often hilarious and at times heartbreaking memoir from a beloved drag and entertainment icon.

Boy, girl, artist, advocate. Courtney is more than the sum of her parts. Meet Shane Jenek. Raised in the Brisbane suburbs by loving parents, Shane realises from a young age that he's not like all the other boys. At a performing arts agency he discovers his passion for song, dance and performance, and makes a promise to himself: to find a bigger stage. Meet Courtney Act. Born in Sydney around the turn of the millennium, Courtney makes her name in the gay bars of Oxford Street and then on Australian Idol. Over ten years later, she makes star turns on RuPaul's Drag Race and Celebrity Big Brother UK, bringing her unique take on drag and gender to the world. Behind this rise to national and global fame is a story of searching for and finding oneself. Most of all, it’s a bloody good time.

'Glorious, heartfelt, passionate and inspirational – a glamorous frock-filled adventure that explores the full fluidity of Shane's boundless bravery, love and humanity.'
Osher Günsberg, one of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities

'Author/narrator Shane Jenek delivers the journey of his self-discovery and transformation at a jaunty pace that captures his personality and engages listeners. Raised in Australia by loving parents, he never felt fully comfortable with his assigned gender. His memoir recounts how he found international success as a drag queen. Fans of his alter ego, Courtney Act, will be laughing out loud at the cheeky childhood anecdotes and behind-the-scenes television outtakes. This is an enjoyable personal story, delivered with characteristic flair. Listeners who are new to Jenek's work will find his style engaging. Anyone who enjoys an Australian accent will be treated to a very lively one throughout this volume.'
AudioFile

‘A coming-of-age story like no other. It is an honour to dive into the world of a young queer kid from the Australian suburbs and learn how they became an icon of entertainment and social politics.’
The Veronicas

‘Funny, smart, kind and entirely addictive, this is a glorious insight into an exceptional life. A road map for anyone who feels different and wants to let that side of themself shine.’
Matt Lucas

‘In a world where there are now more drag queens than pubs, it’s hard to stand out. You need to be pretty, witty and unstoppable. Courtney is all three and more. I love this book.’
Boy George

‘It’s like witnessing the metamorphosis of one of the world’s most beautiful drag queens. With vulnerability and honesty, Shane delves deep into the many light-bulb moments of self-discovery, sexual exploration and gender identity. It’s the ultimate LGBTIQA+ handbook and guide for us all to live an open-hearted life.’
Narelda Jacobs

‘Who wouldn’t love a frolic through life with Australia’s favourite girl next door? This book is whip-smart and deliciously funny, but above all else made me proud to know there are voices like Courtney’s in the world. Bow down to our queen, Australia.’
Joel Creasey

‘We already suspected it, but this fearless, candid and open-hearted memoir proves that behind Courtney Act’s make-up is an emotionally intelligent and fiercely astute human being. We’re frankly lucky to be on the planet at the same time as them.’
Benjamin Law

‘He says… she says… there is a lot more to drag than just a wig and a frock. This read is shockingly honest, raunchy, funny and moving, and a hugely surprising education for me. A must-read for anyone curious to know the complexities of being Shane and Courtney!’
Dannii Minogue

‘Caught in the Act is an incredibly insightful memoir of the life of one of my dearest friends. Personally, my favourite parts were on pages 7, 32, 204, 236, 244–249, 255, 257, 277, 278, 284, 293, 323 and 324. The pages where I’m mentioned.’
Bianca Del Rio, international drag queen, star from RuPaul's Drag Race

‘Chock-full of hilarity, honesty and wisdom, this is a classic tale of a search for identity – with masking tape, Spice Girls and RuPaul.’
Amanda Keller