Culturally astute novelist Pagan Kennedy brings together her gift for storytelling and a background in science journalism to write the fascinating biography of Michael Dillon, the first post-operative female-to-male.
In the 1920s when Laura Dillon felt like a man trapped in a woman's body, there were no words to describe her condition; "transsexual" had yet to enter common usage. And there was no known solution to being stuck between the sexes. Laura Dillon did all she could on her own: she cut her hair, dressed in men's clothing, bound her breasts with a belt. But in a desperate bid to feel comfortable in her own skin, she experimented with breakthrough technologies that ultimately transformed the human body and revolutionized medicine. From upper-class orphan girl to Oxford lesbian, from post-surgery romance with Roberta Cowell (an early male-to-female) to self-imposed exile in India, Michael Dillon's incredible story reveals the struggles of early transsexuals and challenges conventional notions of what gender really means.