Charlie Kiss’s memoir is a gripping and deeply moving story of the entanglement of personal pain and political struggle. Exploring the psychic legacies of immigration and displacement, of family conflict and breakdown, and tracing the experience of the tumultuous politics of the 1980s – at Greenham Common and within the lesbian feminist separatist community in London – the book faces, head-on and unflinchingly, the emotional distress that accompanied Charlie’s journey through political movements and everyday life as he grappled with troubling sexual desires and shifting gender identity, and found his way to a more settled place as a trans man. For anyone interested in the history of radical social movements, in the politics of personal life, in the experience of mental illness, and in what it means to come to see yourself as trans, this book is an engaging and enlightening read.
Sasha Roseneil, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, group analyst and author of “Disarming Patriarchy” and “Common Women, Uncommon Lives: the queer feminisms of Greenham”.
Remarkably unassuming, honest, and real, with none of the sensationalism that so many trans autobiographies display, Mr. Kiss tells his very human story with plainspoken dignity. He gives a thoughtful voice to the everyday-ness of a trans life, which is something that should be appreciated.
Jamison Green, author of ‘Becoming a Visible Man’
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Piece in Female First on 15th October:
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