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A moving, brave and joyous memoir, glittering with vitality and glowing with warmth, by the most unique political figure in modern Britain

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Michael Cashman CBE is a British politician and life peer. Born and raised in the East End of London, he acted throughout his childhood and adulthood and is best known for his role as Colin Russell in Eastenders. He is the co-founder of the Stonewall Group and was the UK's first ever special envoy on LGBT issues. He was elected as an MEP in 1999, a position he filled for fifteen years. He has been awarded the Stonewall Politician of the Year, a Pink News Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Diversity Awards. He was made a CBE in 2013, and was raised to the peerage the following year. He lives in the East End of London. / @mcashmanCBE


Beautifully written, it moves with ease from a tough childhood in the East End of London through the bohemian life of an actor ending up in the world of politics, all knitted together with an unpredictable and moving love story. It made me happy and sad and all points in between -- JO BRAND
The best book I've read in years ... Heart-breaking -- NEW STATESMAN * STEVEN BERKOFF *
Brutally frank and brave * i *
Tells not just the story of his life, but also the battle for LGBT equality in the UK * GUARDIAN *
Poignant reading * OBSERVER *
A powerful account of public life, love and loss ... Passionate and true, illuminating, bright and breezy ... In the league of My Early Years, Charlie Chaplin's great account of late 19th-century south London - graphic, filled with smells and tastes and strange encounters ... A great book about love, pain and the whole damn thing -- Simon Callow * GUARDIAN *
There is brilliance in his memoir, One of Them, and darkness, too, enough to raise it far above the normal standard of celebrity biography ... Stunning ... The lucidity of the writing is breath-taking ... He could never be accused ... in life or literature, of not doing enough * HERALD *
With this memoir Michael Cashman can add "writer" to a CV that already includes "actor", "politician" and "campaigner". Apart from its important contribution to British social history, this is a book to be savoured for its own sake as a wonderful piece of descriptive writing and a rollicking good read -- ALAN JOHNSON, author of the bestselling This Boy
Michael Cashman's beautifully crafted memoir left me in tears and grateful that he had the courage to lay out his almost unimaginable life with such impressive honesty ... Above all, however, this is the tenderest of love stories, a proud testament to a decades-long queer romance. There are so many reasons to love this book -- ARMISTEAD MAUPIN
This book, unlike any other I've read, is a true portrait of a brave actor/politician/Lord. Michael Cashman shares his most private feelings in a memoir to cherish -- IAN McKELLEN
Michael Cashman describes his journey from a cruel Dickensian childhood to the dignity of the House of Lords with brutal honesty. I was shocked, amused, and deeply moved by this life of a brave, good, man -- SHEILA HANCOCK
In February, Michael Cashman, now Lord Cashman of Limehouse, tells his life story in One Of Them: From Albert Square To Parliament Square ... from East End boy and child actor to soap star, Stonewall founder, MEP and now member of the House of Lords * SUNDAY EXPRESS *
[A] roller coaster memoir ... Peppered with delicious anecdotes of his encounters with celebrities * SCOTSMAN *
An extraordinary account of improbable leaps of faith and changes of direction ... An amazing, complicated love story * RADIO TIMES *

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