Amateur : A Reckoning With Gender, Identity and Masculinity, Paperback / softback Book

Amateur : A Reckoning With Gender, Identity and Masculinity Paperback / softback



Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-FictionShortlisted for the Wellcome Book PrizeIn this groundbreaking new book, Thomas Page McBee, a trans man, 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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781786891006



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