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Publisher's Summary

Caught in the Act is about our journey towards understanding gender, sexuality and identity. It's an often hilarious and at times heartbreaking memoir from a beloved drag and entertainment icon.

Boy, girl, artist, advocate. Courtney is more than the sum of her parts.

Meet Shane Jenek. Raised in the Brisbane suburbs by loving parents, Shane realises from a young age that he's not like all the other boys. He finds his tribe at a performing arts agency, where he discovers his passion for song, dance and performance. Shane makes a promise to himself - to find a bigger stage.

Meet Courtney Act. Born in Sydney around the turn of the millennium, Courtney makes her name in the gay bars of Oxford Street and then on Australian Idol. Over 10 years later, she makes star turns on RuPaul's Drag Race and Celebrity Big Brother UK, bringing her unique take on drag and gender to the world.

Behind this rise to national and global fame is a story of searching for and finding one's self.

©2021 Shane Jenek (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"He says...she says.... There is a lot more to drag than just a wig and a frock. This read is shockingly honest, raunchy, funny and moving and a hugely surprising education for me. A must-read for anyone curious to know the complexities of being Shane and Courtney!" (Dannii Minogue)

"In a world where there are now more drag queens than pubs, it’s hard to stand out. You need to be pretty, witty and unstoppable. Courtney is all three and more. I love this book." (Boy George)

"A coming-of-age story like no other. It is an honour to dive into the world of a young queer kid from the Australian suburbs and learn how they became an icon of entertainment and social politics." (The Veronicas)

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Awesome!

I loved the open and frank way Shane told the story and gave insights to the life he has lived. I absolutely adore Courtney. I have even more admiration for such an amazing person and entertainer. Well worth a listen/read.

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Shane ruins it with cringy American accent

Overall I liked this memoir but I probably should have read it as Shane is the narrator. Overall he is good but every time there’s an American talking in the book (which is often) he impersonates them with this awful cringey, cheesy American accent.

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Fascinating and Informative

Loved it. Great to hear about Shane and the invention of Courtney Act. Would read more

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Inspiring story from a superstar

Have loved Shane / Courtney. for well over a decade and found this story both inspiring in terms of how they have set upon living their dream but also incredible authentic, informative and brave.

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fascinating! jenek is a delight

As a cisgender straight female who knew little about Jenek I was struck by how much good he's probably done with this book. I remember Courtney Act from A Idol season one and how comfortable audiences were with her instantly- mainly I think because of how comfortable she was within herself. I have learned a lot from listening to this book and I'm grateful for that. This book is honest, hilarious and fascinating. Jenek is smarter than I'd suspected and honest about his flaws and downfalls.

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The most uplifting, educational and eye opening book I’ve ever read

I am so grateful for this book. Shane really grabbed my heart and soul and have opened my mind in a way that I believe will help me start to heal (finally). As a queer person I have struggled with the perception of myself through other peoples eyes. I feel like I finally understand what I am and Shane’s incredibly easy-to-understand explanations are guiding me to freedom.

The stories are real and edgy, funny and naughty. It was so interesting to hear his and her entire journey from beginning to the present.

I remember seeing Courtney perform in a cabaret bar in Sydney in the early 2010’s and being floored by her talent, crying in awe of her bravery and representation of our community.

I want to suggest this book to EVERYONE, whether you are queer or not, interested in Drag or not, in the hope that you will enjoy the book and learn a lot about our community and what we in the queer community have to endure and the mental struggles that we have due to the hetro normative world that we live in.

I definitely identify a lot with Shane as we grew up during the same time, albeit I grew up in Sweden and he in Australia. And I can’t thank them enough for writing this. I especially LOVE that they narrated the audio book as well - such a treat! Love love love

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Enlightening and educational

So much packed into such a relatively short life. I really enjoyed the Courtney facts and learned a lot. So well narrated, a real performance. Shane should be so proud of the person he has become. Such a delight.

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Where are the photos?

First audio book & I couldn’t have picked a better author!! I’ve always loved Shane & Courtney & this has just solidified my love for them ❤️

Dumb question - where can I find the photos that are usually scattered throughout bio’s? 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Fantastic Read

This book gave me an insight of what my son got up to when he moved to Melbourne to start Uni at 17!
such an honest and open memoir of you life. Thank you

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Great & Funny

Well done Shane, the book is so funny and easy to read. Couldn’t put It down sometimes.

Such a lovely story of your life, love & success. 10/10

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A stunning debut

A witty, candid, insightful and honest journey through a long crafted career. A look behind the glamorous curtain exposing all of life’s lumps and bumps but eventually leaving you with a feeling of warmth and a sense that you might understand things just a bit better now..
I’d recommend this to everyone (over the age of 18) who recognises themselves in Shane’s journey or has a bit of curiosity and empathy in their soul.
I Loved it.

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