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Becoming Drusilla One Life, Two Friends, Three Genders by Richard Beard
  

Becoming Drusilla One Life, Two Friends, Three Genders

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Synopsis

Becoming Drusilla One Life, Two Friends, Three Genders by Richard Beard

For years Richard Beard would take spontaneous holidays with his motor-cycling friend Drew. They would spend a few days walking, camping, cycling, canoeing - outdoor, manly fun - before returning to everyday life: wives, children, jobs. Richard was writing novels. Drew was working in the engine-room of cross-channel passenger ferries. Then one year Drew phoned to announce a complication: he was planning to have a sex change. This is the story of how Drew became Dru, of what happened to their friendship, and their adventures in wildest Wales the first time they went camping as man and woman. It is warm, sad, funny; an intimate tale of shared humanity.

Reviews

A wonderfully sympathetic account of how and, possibly, why Drew became Dru * Daily Mail * A gentle, wise and touching book, full of warmth, humour, friendship and humanity * Literary Review * A brave and intelligent book * Daily Telegraph * This beautifully-written and thoroughly well-researched book is Beard's searingly honest attempt to understand what his friend had gone through ... It is deliciously un-PC, unpreachy, refreshingly free of sentimentality, and, at times, drily comic... touching and life affirming. It left me marvelling about human nature. There aren't many of those kinds of books about -- Dermond Moore * Irish Post * This very personal story of how the friendship between two men had to be completely re-evaluated when one of them had a sex change is written in an honest and deeply thoughtful way and is totally devoid of any sensationalism or prurience * reFresh magazine *


About the Author

Richard Beard is the author of five critically acclaimed novels: X20, Damascus, The Cartoonist, Dry Bones, and Lazarus is Dead, and three works of non-fiction: Muddied Oafs, How To Beat the Australians and Becoming Drusilla. He is Director of the National Academy of Writing in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th May 2009

Author

Richard Beard

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Biography: general

ISBN

9780099507734

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