Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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Trans by Juliet Jacques (Verso ISBN 9781784781644)

In 2010 British writer Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery and began to write about the experiences in a series of extraordinarily candid and detailed blogs for the hitherto somewhat transphobic Guardian newspaper.

This book contains some of that material, and much more besides. Jacques has written an eloquent, moving and at times witty memoir that takes us from her 1980s post-punk-fuelled adolescence to the present day, while providing acute observation of the intricacies and absurdities that surround gender. Given that the author's passion is art and popular culture, it's hardly surprising that woven into the narrative are her personal responses to a wide range of works, including Pedro Almodovar's All About my Mother and Neil Jordan's The Crying Game. …

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