Troubador A New Man

Released: 28/09/2017

ISBN: 9781788036047

Format: Paperback

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A New Man

Lesbian. Protest. Mania. Trans Man


Imagine you are a proud lesbian and a feminist. You have the odd doubt about your sexuality but you understand how the male-dominated world works and are angry about it. You even go to prison to protest at the ultimate in male violence: nuclear weapons. Then one day, a shock realisation occurs that not only are you not a lesbian, but you are in fact, a man. Your world is turned upside down. This is Charlie’s story. A New Man is a story of broken families, isolation and a total collapse of identity. It’s also inspirational: after suffering destructive episodes of mania, homelessness and loss of friends and dignity, Charlie manages to continue life without medication and get by. Throughout all these challenges lies the conflict of self-identity within, as Charlie knows deep down that he is male. He represses this, believing that he should fight against stereotypes of what it is to be a woman. The repressed feelings keep resurfacing and Charlie finally takes steps to be a man. He becomes heterosexual and remains a feminist. Living as a man, the world treats him differently and he has to adjust quickly. Charlie, however, is now stable, far happier and feels right in his new body.

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The main launch took place on 1st September 2017 at Conway Hall in Central London.

Since then there have been book readings and signings in York, Sheffield and many in London, including at Housmans Bookshop, British Library and the Write idea Festival in Tower Hamlets.

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Islington Tribune

Female First

South London Press

Remarkably unassuming, honest, and real, with none of the sensationalism that so many trans autobiographies display, Mr. Kiss tells his very human story with plainspoken dignity. He gives a thoughtful voice to the everyday-ness of a trans life, which is something that should be appreciated.

by Jamison Green

Charlie Kiss’s memoir is a gripping and deeply moving story of the entanglement of personal pain and political struggle. Exploring the psychic legacies of immigration and displacement, of family conflict and breakdown, and tracing the experience of the tumultuous politics of the 1980s – at Greenham Common and within the lesbian feminist separatist community in London – the book faces, head-on and unflinchingly, the emotional distress that accompanied Charlie’s journey through political movements and everyday life as he grappled with troubling sexual desires and shifting gender identity, and found his way to a more settled place as a trans man. For anyone interested in the history of radical social movements, in the politics of personal life, in the experience of mental illness, and in what it means to come to see yourself as trans, this book is an engaging and enlightening read.

Sasha Roseneil, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, group analyst and author of “Disarming Patriarchy” and “Common Women, Uncommon Lives: the queer feminisms of Greenham”.

by Sasha Roseneil

Charlie Kiss

Charlie Kiss is a trans man, a former lesbian and activist at the anti-nuclear women's peace camp at Greenham Common in the early 1980s.

He was the first trans man to stand for Parliament, in 2015. He works in housing for local government and is based in East London.

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