Paul Mendez talks about his life and his debut semi-autobiographical novel " Rainbow Milk"
Paul was born in the West Midlands to a second generation Jamaican-British family. He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness. He was kicked out of his parents' house when he was seventeen and moved to Tonbridge to study engineering at the University of Greenwich. He dropped out after nine months but remained in Kent before moving to Birmingham in 2002. He moved to London in 2004 and became a sex worker
He is studying for an MA in Black British Writing from Goldsmiths. He lives in Hampstead with his partner the Booker Prize winning author Alan Hollinghurst,
In 2020, Rainbow Milk was published, featured in the Observer’s prestigious Top Ten Debut Novels list and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize.
Paul has contributed to The London Review of Books, Esquire, The Face, Vogue, the Times Literary Supplement and the Brixton Review of Books.
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