by Richard Beard - £9.99 Vintage (2009)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780099507734 | ISBN 10: 0099507730
For years Richard Beard would take spontaneous holidays with his motor-cycling friend Drew. They would spend a few days walking, camping, cycling, canoeing Ė outdoor, manly fun Ė 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 a friendship, of a fortnightís walking holiday after Druís operation. And of how what we think we know about ourselves, our friends, and our families can turn out to be very, very wide of the mark. Itís about secrets and preconceptions and confronting prejudices you didnít know you had.
Becoming Drusilla is by turns warm, sad, funny but always human; it holds up a mirror to the extraordinary in outwardly ordinary lives.
"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."
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