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Queer Editorial

transbook.jpg Jacques your body

In 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery, a process she chronicled with unflinching honesty in the Guardian. Her fab book – A Memoir – is out in paperback in November.

While the docu-series (and there’s a phrase that doesn’t grate) I Am Cait, is probably the best known record of a person making their way in the world after transitioning to a different sex, Juliet Jacques’ memoir is the one that has nabbed the most acclaim, certainly in a literary sense. Fresh from university, eager to escape a dead-end job, she launches a career as a writer in a publishing culture dominated by London cliques and still figuring out the impact of the Internet. She navigates the treacherous waters of a world 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. Revealing, honest and humorous to boot, this book deserves the multitude of plaudits that have come its way.

The paperback of Trans: A Memoir is published by Verso on 7 November.