Trans BiographiesBy Christine Burns MBE
For many years biography was the only format of book that publishers were ready to consider from trans authors, who were encouraged to over-share the details of their dramatic struggle to reach the operating table. What did they do next? Well, that was often the untold story, as though the only interesting thing about a trans person's life was that painful journey. As time progressed, trans people subverted that opening by seeding their autobiographical narratives with philosophical and political observation. Nowadays, although trans writers publish in many other genres based on their specialist expertise, a biographical thread can be used creatively as the glue for more ambitious examinations of trans experience.
Carrie Marshall£12.99 £12.34
Juno Roche£18.99 £18.04
Juno Dawson£10.99 £10.44
Juno Dawson is the international bestselling author of ten titles for young adults. She is a columnist at Glamour UK, Attitude Magazine and a key LGBTQ activist with Stonewall. In this book Dawson uses the story of her life from childhood to transition as the framework to critique the whole idea of gender by showing the damage that it does to everyone.
Joe Biden and Sarah McBride£13.99 £13.29
Janet Mock£10.99 £10.44
Autobiography by People Editor, campaigner and now TV producer Janet Mock. A powerful story about a black trans woman's journey to actualisation.
Jan Morris£10.99 £10.44
Although not the first, this is one of the classic British trans memoirs, written by travel writer and former Times journalist Jan Morris.
You'll be blown away by the sheer power of the contributions to this little anthology. These are such articulate and pithy accounts about transitioning today, whether binary or non-binary.
Rhyannon Styles£10.99 £10.44
A great modern trans autobiography by magazine writer Rhyannon Styles.
Liz Hodgkinson£12.99 £12.08
A detailed biography of one of Britain's pioneering trans men, Michael Dillon, assembled by writer Liz Hodgkinson from Dillon's own autobiographical draft. Hodgkinson, a journalist who has written sympathetically and intelligently about trans lives for over thirty years, treats Dillon's life story with great sensitivity and provides one of the few detailed accounts of being trans in the period from the 1930s to the 1950s (he died in 1962).
A great personal tale by a young trans man, Alex Bertie.
Juliet Jacques£10.99 £10.44
Juliet Jacques wrote a groundbreaking series in the Guardian about her transition almost a decade ago. Her eagerly anticipated autobiography goes much, much further.
Sarah Jane Baker£14.95
A unique examination of life in prison for a trans woman, by Sarah Jane Baker.
Abby Stein£25.00 £23.75
Powerful in the truths it reveals about biology, culture, faith, and identity, Becoming Eve poses the enduring question: How far will you go to become the person you were meant to be?
A personal account in light-hearted anecdotes about what it means to be non-binary.
Laura Kate Dale£13.99
In this memoir, Laura Kate Dale discusses her life as a gay trans autistic woman. She does a fantastic job explaining to the reader how each of her identities has affected her life, and how the identities intersect and affect each other.
Ben Barres£15.99 £15.19
Deirdre N McCloskey£15.00
Michael Dillon/Lobzang Jivaka£18.99
Grace Lavery£14.99 £14.24