Tom is a northerner living in South East London. After a pit-stop via New York illegally pulling in cash beneath any table available, they came back to London with dreams of being a writer. And, after picking up an editor of a notable online blogging platform while selling spiced cider on an East London stall, they published their first piece of online writing and officially became a ‘writer’.
Tom is now a freelance journalist, Contributing Features Editor at i-D, Contributing Editor at LOVE Magazine, columnist at Refinery29 and co-founder and editor of Cause & Effect Magazine.
Their journalistic work focuses on queerness, class and community. Tom is also a singer in drag band Denim, and forms half of the queer performance duo ACM.
DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN is published in the UK by Ebury in February 2019, and will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in North America in 2020.
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.
Praise for Diary of a Drag Queen:
“Diary Of A Drag Queen Is A Heartfelt Memoir Of Queerness and Non-Conformity” British Vogue
"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." Glamour
"It’s about late nights, breakups, it’s about sex, love, violence, pain, and the euphoria only people who’ve ever been on the outside come to feel when they finally discover what’s inside — both in a community and in themselves... real, hilarious [and] deeply moving." LOVE Magazine
"[M]oments of heart-stopping poignancy... truthful, revealing and obscenely hilarious... Strident and unapologetic but really sweet, too." Attitude
"[A] riotous portrayal of the contemporary queer experience." Dazed
“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
"Everyone is going to die, it’s so funny, warm, loving, beautifully written. A complete page-turner... A proud voice for the non-binary community." Gay Times
"Love, LOVE this book. It is so human and sweet and SO RUDE" Marina and the Diamonds
"Hilarious, deeply moving, uplifting, daring, and unflinchingly honest" Amrou Al-Kadhi
"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
“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
Crystal Rasmussen OBE. The term ‘global phenomenon’ was termed by the OED about her. Known by the world to be unimaginably wealthy. Known by her friends to be interminably broke. She’s almost offensively talented and is a quintuple threat: she can sing, dance, act, model and holds the worldwide record for author most nominated for the Nobel Prize, as well as holding the title for most hot-dogs eaten in ten minutes (totalling 58).
Her famed books include: “You are what you eat, and Crystal is a Diamond”, “Jogging in Uggs, limping in heels”, “Riverside Chaucer”, and the popular gift book “The Book of Big Penis”, a work the queen is particularly proud of, which was deftly described by the LRB as a “softly aching novel of true profundity, and which is taught in A-Level syllabi around the world.”
She is part of the drag girl band Denim, with reviews that include “makes Beyonce sound like a mewling kitten”, and “Crystal’s tired vocals needed taking down a semitone… or an octave.”
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