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    Posted on Jan 11, 2020

    16 Books Written By Transgender And Non-Binary Authors You Should Already Be Reading

    For whatever genre you're interested in!

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    1. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi.

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    Freshwater, Emezi's debut novel, is a fascinating and original exploration of gender dysphoria, mental health, and cultural identity. The story follows Ada, a child of a Nigerian father and a Tamil mother, and Asughara, a supernatural entity that inhabits Ada. With compelling characters and prose that crackles with urgency, Freshwater is bound to be one of the best books you read in 2020.

    Emezi also wrote the YA novel Pet.

    Price: £7.95

    2. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon.

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    In their debut novel, River Solomon continues Octavia Butler's legacy of black science fiction while also including queer and neuroatypical themes and plots with great success. An Unkindness of Ghosts was greeted by rave reviews from sci-fi and non-sci-fi fans alike, so don't be afraid to read outside your genre!

    Price: £15.50

    3. Sorted by Jackson Bird.

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    Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place is a touching memoir about Jackson Bird's journey into happiness. From his childhood in conservative '90s Texas to his current life as a happy, out trans man, Bird chronicles his transgender odyssey with wit and warmth.

    Bird is also a massive Harry Potter fan, and his work is a much-needed reminder that books belong to their readers.

    Price: £10.49

    4. I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya.

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    From misogyny to sexual harassment, transphobia, and homophobia, Vivek Shraya has had first-hand experiences with various manifestations of toxic masculinity. In I'm Afraid of Men, Shraya reflects upon her experiences with men and masculinity, offering a nuanced understanding of gendered behaviour whilst hopefully reimagining what masculinity could look like in the future.

    Vivek Shraya has written several other books including She of the Mountains, The Boy And The Bindi, and Even This Page Is White.

    Price: £9.35

    5. The Black Tides of Heaven by Jy Yang.

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    The Black Tides of Heaven is the first instalment in The Tensorate Series, a collection of three high-fantasy novels set in a world filled with magic and betrayal. In The Black Tides of Heaven, twins Mokoya and Akeha suddenly find their relationship under strain after Mokoya develops the gift of foresight and Akeha begins to rebel against their mother's manipulations. Their relationship finds itself at the centre of a revolution that will forever change the world as they know it.

    The Black Tides of Heaven was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards for Best Novella.

    Price: £10.34

    6. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

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    January is a dying planet, one half of which is trapped in freezing, eternal night and the other stuck in a blazing, never-ending day. Civilisation exists only in the sliver of the planet that remains in perpetual dusk. After intentionally taking the fall for her revolutionary friends, Sophia is exiled to the night. Winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel, The City In The Middle of The Night is a highly entertaining piece of science fiction that you won't be able to put down.

    Anders' other works include her debut sci-fi novel All The Birds In The Sky and a collection of short fiction Six Months, Three Days, Fiver Others.

    Price: £10.49

    7. Little Fish by Casey Plett.

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    Wendy Reimer, a 30-year-old trans woman living in Winnipeg, realises at her grandmother's funeral that her grandfather might have been trans. At first, she attempts to ignore her discovery, but Reimer finds herself increasingly compelled to understand the mystery of her late grandfather's life.

    Plett also wrote A Safe Girl To Love.

    Price: £14.99

    8. Nevada by Imogen Binnie.

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    Maria is a young trans woman working a retail job in New York City. When Maria finds out that her girlfriend Steph has been lying, Maria's carefully constructed world begins to crumble. It's hard to say more without spoiling the plot. Nevada is a fantastic dark comedy that will have you laughing and wincing in equal measure.

    Price: £14.95

    9. Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith.

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    Queerness, blackness, and class overlap in Don't Call Us Dead, a moving collection of poetry by Danez Smith. Smith draws inspiration from personal and political events. The first poem imagines an afterlife for all the black men killed by police brutality. The poems then turn inward, as they reflect on their HIV diagnosis in the context of their life.

    Price: £7.91

    10. The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Daniel Mallory Ortberg.

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    The Merry Spinster is a series of feminist reinterpretations of classic fairytales and children's stories. Ortberg expertly blends humour and horror into his twisted anthology, writing in a style that feels like a cross between Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, and Angela Carter. It's a dark and delightful read that I cannot recommend enough.

    Daniel Mallory Ortberg also wrote the hilarious Texts From Jane Eyre.

    Price: £6.47

    11. Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey.

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    Mystery, magic, and murder combine in Sarah Gailey's thrilling novel about two estranged sisters reunited under the worst of circumstances. Ivy Gamble, a detective, must come to the aid of her twin, who teaches theoretical magic at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, after a gruesome murder takes place at her school.

    Gailey also wrote the novel River of Teeth.

    Price: £19.99

    12. Trans Like Me by CN Lester.

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    In addition to being an author, CN Lester is an academic, an activist, and a classical musician. It makes sense that their book, Trans Like Me, tackles the complexity of gender through academic, activist, and artistic lenses. Lester walks the reader through the complicated world of gender while always grounding their analysis in their personal experience as a trans person. Ultimately, Trans Like Me is about living authentically in a society fixated on labels.

    Price: £13.99

    13. Dreadnought by April Daniels.

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    Dreadnought, the most powerful superhero on Earth, has just passed all of his abilities onto the young Danny Tozer. These inherited superpowers transform Danny's body into what she always knew it should be. But while Danny's body finally feels right, it's making her friends and family act weird. Her father is fixated on "curing" her girlhood, the other superheroes aren't sure where Danny fits in, and Dreadnought's murderer is still out there. It's one girl against the world in the thrilling first instalment of Daniels' Nemesis series.

    Price: £10.90

    14. Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques.

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    Juliet Jacques and her unflinching honesty first rose to prominence when she began publicly chronicling her transition in a national newspaper column. Trans tells the more complete story of Jacques' life, starting when she was a recent uni graduate trying to escape her dead-end job and begin her writing career. She finds that her transgender identity is misunderstood and discriminated against, even in supposedly feminist and liberal spaces.

    Price: £10.99

    15. The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan.

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    Kiernan's protagonist, India Phelps, suffers from schizophrenia. She faces a series of strange encounters: a feral girl, a violent siren, and something that cannot be named. India struggles to make sense of her experiences while managing her illnesses. The Drowning Girl is a modern update on a gothic ghost story; it's one of those books you'll read in one day because you just have to know what happens.

    Price: £12.23

    16. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.

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    Amanda Hardy has just started a new school, a school where nobody still thinks of her as Andrew. And she wants to keep it that way. Partially inspired by author Meredith Russo's own experiences, If I Was Your Girl is a YA book that will delight teen and adult readers alike.

    Price: £5.75