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Amateur: A Reckoning With Gender, Identity and Masculinity Paperback – 3 Jun 2019


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate PBS; Main edition (3 June 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178689100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786891006
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 90.7 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A visceral, sparky read . . . Beautifully written [and] deep and affecting . . . Absolutely fascinating -- BBC Radio 4 A Good Read A blazingly wise and beautiful book -- A.L. KENNEDY McBee's writing bristles with an elegant swagger . . . Amateur is as much a reconciliation as an emancipation . . . Punchy, thought-provoking stuff * * Sunday Times * * In an age when identity feels so splintered and fractional, McBee's empathy with men feels refreshing, but it's his determination to be accountable that is radical. He resolves his own masculinity crisis by doing the things men often think they're doing, but so often are not: listening, asking questions, seeking help, being vulnerable * * Observer * * Brave, honest and touchingly human . . . This is a beautiful book that will resonate . . . with anyone anywhere in the world who is determined to become a better, kinder human being -- ELIF SHAFAK * * Guardian * * Amateur is a heck of a tale, and McBee is a gifted memoirist * * Financial Times * * Amateur provocatively describes the ways in which an increasingly fragile patriarchal culture needs to keep men in their place. A quest for self-liberation, this loving and deeply intelligent exploration of contemporary masculinities is essential reading -- DEBORAH LEVY One of my favourite books of 2018 . . . A memoir about boxing, masculinity and transitioning. It is exceptional -- NIKESH SHUKLA An eye-opening story about gender and courage, and confirmation that there are many different fights to being a man * * Guardian * * Amidst a generational shift bringing to question what exactly defines gender, this book plays like x-ray glasses, examining every oddity one may pretend isn't apparent -- JORDAN STEPHENS

About the Author

Thomas Page McBee was 'masculinity expert' for Vice and the first trans man ever to box at Madison Square Garden. His essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, Playboy, Glamour and Salon.
@ThomasPageMcBee | thomaspagemcbee.com

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