Novelist Richard Beard had a friend called Drew. Richard and Drew went on holidays together – breaks from their family responsibilities, involving hiking, camping, canoeing. In fact, Drew is pretty much the perfect blokey mate: he can repair stuff, he rides a motorbike, he drinks bitter, and he’s a good laugh down the pub. So it comes as something of a shock to Richard when Drew announces that he is to have a sex change and become Dru. Drew delivers this news with matter-of-fact good humour, in combat boots, earrings and new hairstyle (‘don’t tell me, it shows my bald spot – see if I care. Hello oestrogen, goodbye male pattern hair loss’).
This book is Beard’s biography of his friend Dru, written against the backdrop of a two-week hiking trip that the pair took in Wales just seven months after Dru’s operation. It is also Beard’s investigation into his own reactions to his friend’s