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Brave, courageous, moving. These words can all be applied to Juliet Jacques’s memoir of her sex change, which is based on the Guardian columns that won her an Orwell Prize nomination. Yet the author might consider these rather trite descriptions: as Jacques makes clear, her decision to transition from male to female was a gradual process punctuated by moments of despair, family strife and the odd uplifting game of football. Jacques is keen to avoid being labelled either a victim or a hero.

Trans explores Jacques’s sense of being trapped in…

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