Faking It

Mewburn, Kyle

  3 Reviews

At the age of fifty-five, Kyle Mewburn embraced a transition that had been pending her whole life - from male to female. Growing up in 1960s' Queensland as a boy, Kyle always knew that to survive this role and its expectations, she would have to 'fake it'. She did so convincingly for decades - there was university, travel, marriage, establishing a home and a life in Central Otago, and becoming an award-winning writer of children's books.

Brave, honest and engaging, this thought-provoking memoir offers direct insight into the experience of growing up in the wrong body and the challenges of gender in a world unsympathetic to difference. [Larger font]

Comments from BDS Reviewers

"Very well-written and enjoyable to read. Very honest and thought-provoking."

"Easy to read, engaging and honest."

"An interesting perspective on small town Australian culture and Kyle's engagement with it."

"A very clear, honest, personal journey."

"I hope this book would appeal to men and women, young and older. It's very topical."

"Being a 'trans person' may be off-putting for some, but in fact the author's writing is excellently expressed."

"This reader learned quite a lot about the trans situation, and grateful for the opportunity to read this book."

"Transgender topic is well presented and details of Kyle's life are clearly given - warts and all."



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We had an excellent discussion. Amazing how many in our group knew, or knew of, trans people. One of our members lived in the same street as Kyle at Millers Flat, so that was interesting. We all thought it was too long and too much "poor me". We read his picture book 'Kiss Kiss Yuck Yuck' - much enjoyed by all.
Very current issue which led to extensive discussion.
We enjoyed this topic. Although the style was pedestrian, the content was very interesting and we had a good discussion.