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  • Published: 7 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473560499
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

Diary of a Drag Queen

Bridget Jones meets Diary of a Call Girl: an intimate, hilarious, revelatory adventure with a drag queen

Longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2020

Life's a drag... Why not be a queen?

'Stories like the one where you shagged a 79-year-old builder and knocked over his sister's ashes while feeding him a Viagra. Or the time you crashed your car because you were giving a hand job in barely moving traffic and took your eye off the car in front. That's the kind of dinner-party ice-breaker I'm talking about.'

Northern, working-class and shagging men three times her age, Crystal writes candidly about her search for 'the one'; sleeping with a VIP in an attempt to become a world famous journalist; getting hired and fired by a well-known fashion magazine; being torn between losing weight and gorging on KFC; and her need for constant sexual satisfaction (and where that takes her).

Charting her day-to-day adventures over the course of a year, we encounter tucks, twists and sucks, heinous overspending and endless nights spent sprinting from problem to problem in a full face of make-up.

This is a place where the previously unspeakable becomes the commendable - a unique portrayal of the queer experience.

(c) 2019, Crystal Rasmussen (P) 2019 Penguin Audio

  • Published: 7 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473560499
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the author

Crystal Rasmussen


Look up the term ‘Global Phenomenon’ in the dictionary and you will simply find a picture of Crystal's face. She's beautiful. She's a model. She looks like a block of cheap Edam that's been left out in the sun. She's known for always having a cigarette in her mouth, while shouting at people for smoking in her face. She also coined the term ‘money’ and has been living in her overdraft since the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Crystal forms one fifth of DENIM, the drag supergroup, and is adored by fans for her lazy demeanour and her powerful falsetto.


Tom Rasmussen is a Northerner based in London. When out of drag, they are a regular contributor to the Independent,Dazed & Confused,i-D, LOVE Magazine and Refinery29. Their work has also been featured in Vice, Broadly, Tank and The Gay Times.

In 2018 they were named an LGBT trailblazer by The Dots and one of the voices of now fori-D.

Tom also forms half of the radical queer punk band ACM.

Praise for Diary of a Drag Queen

A riotous portrayal of the contemporary queer experience


Truthful, revealing and obscenely hilarious […] Strident and unapologetic but really sweet, too.


A proud voice for the non-binary community

Gay Times

This book honestly changed my life. Tom’s honesty, vulnerability and fearlessness jumps out of every page and every word. It is the queer bible I’ve always needed and I don’t remember life BT (before Tom)

Sam Smith

Diary of a Drag Queen is a heartfelt memoir of queerness and non-conformity


The book on everyone's desk at Glamour HQ right now ... hilarious... [It is] a unique portrayal of the queer experience and we're so here for it


Love, LOVE this book. It is so human and sweet and SO RUDE

Marina and the Diamonds

The drag memoir of the decade

QX Magazine

So refreshingly honest […] a real, hilarious, deeply moving, look at what it’s really like to be non-binary, queer, and a drag queen


One of London’s most compelling queens presents a unique perspective on the queer experience […] It really makes our own daily diaries seem pretty mundane

i-D magazine cultural highlight of the week

A trove of glittering delights, a bushel of winkingly luscious fruit! Crystal Rasmussen is a goddess, a witch, an angel; and her enchanting diaries have replaced my own journals as the greatest memoirs ever committed to paper. A riotous carnival, a midnight burlesque, a glorious battle cry, all in one.

Bougie London Literary Woman

On the outside it’s deceptively pink and sparkly, but on the inside it’s a crackling, screaming fabulous whirlwind of dysfunction. It’s the Nikki Grahame of books.

QX Magazine

So funny, warm, loving, beautifully written. A complete page-turner.

Gay Times

Hilarious, deeply moving, uplifting, daring, and unflinchingly honest

Amrou Al-Kadhi, author of Unicorn and member of Denim

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