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  • Published: 19 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241543573
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $35.00

Release the Beast

A Drag Queen's Guide to Life

A hilarious and inspiring guide to transforming your life through drag, from the UK's favourite drag queen and star of RuPaul's Drag Race UK, Bimini Bon Boulash.

Bimini Bon Boulash is the nation's sweetheart, capturing hearts and minds as the gag-inducing, death-dropping, plant-based breakout star of RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 2. Not only did she make us laugh and cry, she showed us how to develop a Positive Mental Attitude and live happily and healthily outside society's idea of 'normal'.

Telling the story of how drag took her from the brink of self-destruction to the mainstage, as well as life lessons drawing on convention-breaking icons from Kate Moss to Katie Price, in this book Bimini uses all her wit, charm and kindness to show us how to lead the lives we wish we could lead, through the life-changing magic of dragging up.

  • Published: 19 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241543573
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $35.00

Praise for Release the Beast

'MAGIC! A fun, fierce, honest origin story of how to drag yourself up out of trouble and become an icon'

Katherine Ryan

'This book does many things, it educates, explains, describes and shares personal experiences, but all of that goodness is wrapped up in a beautiful layer of genuine kindness and care for the reader, who is possibly, young, coming out and in some way or another exploring gender. Full of wit, wisdom and warmth'

Juno Roche, author of Trans Power and Queer Sex

'Seeing Bimini take the world by storm with her authenticity, power and brilliance is truly a delight. Release the Beast is quintessential Bimini, hitting the nail on the head with her irreverent wit and infectious personality. Ms Boulash, you're definitely in the history books now!'

Jamie Windust, author of In Their Shoes

'Bimini has written a book that mixes the personal, political, humour and glamour that surrounds them. A triumph for UK queer culture, this book welcomes their new audience in to the queer present and past, with a clear argument for a gender fluid future. It felt like it was part diary entry, part history lecture and part recording from a real good chat in a smoking area in East London - the best combination for a book!'

Travis Alabanza, award winning writer, performer and theatre maker

'A beautifully vulnerable and heartfelt journey from this down-to-earth high femme them. Bimini's radically real personal story reminds me to stay in my truth. This is a friendly reminder of self-love, and that your greatest gift to this world is to be yourself'

Fox Fisher, artist, film-maker & campaigner, author of Trans Teen Survival Guide

'Eye-opening, intelligent, thoughtful as well as sassy and surprising - a must read'

Lorraine Kelly

'The Queen has spoken and here are their 10 Queer commandments. Radical, life-affirming, and utterly important for this time. Bimini's wisdom and fresh outlook on gender identity and societal constraints are tackled with humanity and hilarity. A must-read for all Queers and those who care about them'

Riyadh Khalaf

'Bimini is absolutely brilliant in the way they are able to deliver such importantly crucial lessons about sexuality and gender in such a relatable and understanding way. RELEASE THE BEAST is a very important read for so many of us out there who struggle with sexuality, gender, and anything in between!'


'With the generosity of spirit, wit and hilarity that we came to love from Bimini on Drag Race, their book is a triumphant celebration of living authentically - deftly combining the personal and the political, Bimini paints a picture of the world where we can all live freely. I enjoyed it immensely'

Amrou Al-Kadhi

'It's easy to see why Bimini inspires so many people, injecting positivity where we need it. This book is Ru Paul's mantra "If you don't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?" updated and expanded upon for a new generation'

Amelia Abraham, author of Queer Intentions and We Can Do Better Than This

'...and the next literary superstar is... Bimini Bon Boulash!!! Like the queen herself- witty, hilarious, empowering, you will fall in love with Release the Beast!'

Charlie Craggs, author of To My Trans Sisters

'Always surprising, unfailingly original and a kind-hearted soul, Bimini Bon Boulash is modern-day, punk-fashion drag royalty'

British Vogue

'Season two is just in another league entirely... largely down to the mere existence of Bimini Bon Boulash, the series' lovable, authentic, sharp, articulate, non-binary, East London queen'


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