In July 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery—a process she chronicled with unflinching honesty in a serialised Guardian column. She now tells the tale of her life to the present moment: a story of growing up, of defining yourself, and of the rapidly changing world of gender politics.
Fresh from university, living in Brighton, trying to launch a career as a writer, she navigates the treacherous waters of a culture where, even in the liberal and feminist media, transgender identities go unacknowledged, misunderstood or worse. Yet through art, film, music, politics and football, Jacques starts to become the person she had only imagined, and begins the process of transition. Interleaving the personal with the political, she offers a powerful exploration of the debates that comprise trans politics, issues our era is bringing into sharp relief.