Amateur: A Reckoning With Gender, Identity and Masculinity by Thomas Page McBee


Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, this groundbreaking new book follows Thomas Page McBee, a trans man, as he trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience of boxing – learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body – McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a way forward: a new masculinity, inside the ring and out of it.

A graceful and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting and healing, in Amateur we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.

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Weight 346 g
Dimensions 14.5 × 22.3 × 2.6 cm





224 pages


Canongate Books Ltd


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