“Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different”: true tales of amazing boys who changed the world without killing dragons.

Prince charming, dragon slayer, mischievous prankster… More often than not, these are the role-models boys encounter in the books they read at home and school. As a boy, there is an assumption that you will conform to a stereotypical idea of masculinity.

But what if you’re the introvert kind? What if you prefer to pick up a book rather than a sword? And if you want to cry when you’re feeling sad or angry? Or if you like the idea of wearing a dress?

There is an ongoing crisis with regards to young men and mental health. With unhelpful gender stereotypes contributing to this malaise. “Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different” offers a welcome alternative narrative. It is an extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of famous and not-so-famous men. From the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way. And all going on to achieve amazing things. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dalí, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Stormzy, Ai Weiwei and Jesse Owens. Different sorts of heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.