One of Them

'An extraordinary life, depicted with searing honesty ... A colourful journey sprinkled with delicious anecdotes' Daily Express
'Extraordinary ... You'll be ugly-sobbing at the end' Graham Norton
'It tells not just the story of his life, but also the battle for LGBT equality in the UK' Guardian

'A memoir to cherish' Ian McKellen
'A book to be savoured' Alan Johnson
'There are so many reasons to love this book' Armistead Maupin
'A beautifully written, funny memoir' Jo Brand

Growing up in post-war East London, the son of a docker and an office cleaner, young Michael Cashman's life changed when he was discovered, aged twelve, and transported to the West End stage. Cashman would make history - first as an actor, one half of the first gay kiss broadcast on a British soap, BBC TV's EastEnders, and then as a campaigner and politician, founding Stonewall with Ian McKellen, and embarking on a fight for gay rights across the world that would lead him and his partner Paul Cottingham from tea in LA with David Hockney to flying the rainbow flag over the Royal Albert Hall with Elton John.

One of Them contains as many multitudes as its author: glorious nostalgia, showbiz gossip and a stirring history of a civil rights movement. And above all things, it is a love story - a tender account of a partnership that changed the world.

'Passionate and true ... A great book about love, pain and the whole damn thing' Simon Callow
'Brutally frank and brave' i
'A brave, good man' Sheila Hancock

One of Them

  • 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
  • Paperback | 432 pages | 9781526612366