“Pink Ink” by Harry Cook— A Life

Cook, Harry. “Pink Ink”, Finch Publishing, 2018.

A Life

Amos Lassen

Harry Cook was born in the UK but moved to Australia when he was 10. He began acting in his early teens and soon landed a breakthrough role opposite Academy-Award winner Geena Davis when he was just 17. He has since starred in various TV shows, films and theatre productions. In 2013, at age 22 and after years of struggling with his sexuality, Harry came out publicly to his fans on YouTube. At the time, Harry was afraid that this could affect his career, but knew he had to be true to himself. The video went viral overnight and Harry became front-page news in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Since coming out, Harry has been at the forefront of LGBTQI Activism both nationally and internationally.

“Pink Ink” is Cook’s memoir. He writes openly about his career in show business, his intense battle with addiction and ultimately his resilience and push to find acceptance within himself. The book covers his life from moving to Australia to landing his first major film role, traveling to the Maldives to shoot a surf thriller movie (without being able to surf), attending the Tribeca Film Festival for his first world movie premiere. He also writes about the darker days of coming out, his severe battle with alcoholism and addiction and his time in a rehab facility at age 19. Harry found love just a month after getting out of rehab and he has rebuilt his career, getting married, and is now fighting for equality back home in Australia. This is an honest read and it is also filled with humor and is a great book for anyone who is struggling with the angst of adolescence, facing adversity, questioning their identity or wants to know what life is really like behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and show-business.

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