Paul Mendez


Rainbow Milk

Little, Brown Book Group

In the 1950s, ex-boxer Norman Alonso moves to the Black Country from Jamaica with his wife to secure a brighter future for themselves and their children. At the turn of the millennium, Jesse seeks a fresh start in London – escaping from a broken immediate family, a repressive religious community and the disempowered Black Country – but finds himself at a loss and turns to sex work to create new notions of love, fatherhood and spirituality.


Paul Mendez was born and raised in the Black Country. He now lives in London and is studying for an MA in Black British Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been a performing member of two theatre companies and worked as a voice actor. As a writer, he has contributed to the Times Literary Supplement and the Brixton Review of Books. Rainbow Milk is his debut novel.