Mohsin Zaidi

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Barrister & Author, A Dutiful Boy

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Mohsin's memoir A Dutiful Boy was described as utterly compelling and a book that will save lives. A successful criminal barrister, his journey from an impoverished part of east London and a strict Muslim household encapsulates lessons and experiences in mental health, faith, social mobility, sexuality, and ultimately the power of hope and humanity to overcome seemingly impossible odds.


Mohsin Zaidi is a barrister, campaigner and writer. Alongside working on a range of high profile national and international criminal cases, he is the author of the acclaimed memoir A Dutiful Boy, a personal, honest and thought-provoking account of his life that touches on subjects including social mobility, diversity and mental health.

The first student from his school to go to Oxford University, Mohsin’s achievement was tempered by his struggles to adjust to a world radically different from his impoverished part of east London and his strict Muslim home life. He recounts the challenges, and the effects on him and his mental health, as he attempted to reconcile who he felt he was, including his sexuality, with where he had come from. His is a story of change, acceptance and humanity drawn together with inspirational fortitude, hope, and some humour.

Since passing the Bar, Mohsin has worked on criminal cases including high-profile fraud cases (he’s also a co-author of a book on insider dealing), a UN war crimes tribunal, cases at the UK Supreme Court, and the public inquiry into undercover policing. He is also an advocate and campaigner for LGBT rights (including serving on the board of Stonewall), issues around inclusion and diversity, and social mobility.

A Dutiful Boy was Mohsin’s debut as a mainstream writer and was described as profound and utterly compelling by The Guardian, and as a book that will save lives by The Times.

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