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The Sunday Times Bestseller

Helen Joyce


THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER and a TimesSpectator and Observer Book of the Year 2021

‘In the first decade of this century, it was unthinkable that a gender-critical book could even be published by a prominent publishing house, let alone become a bestseller.’ Louise Perry, New Statesman

‘Thank goodness for Helen Joyce.’ Christina Patterson, Sunday Times

‘Reasonable, methodical, sane, and utterly unintimidated by extremist orthodoxy, Trans is a riveting read.’ Lionel Shriver

‘A tour de force.’ Evening Standard

Biological sex is no longer accepted as a basic fact of life. It is forbidden to admit that female people sometimes need protection and privacy from male ones. In an analysis that is at once expert, sympathetic and urgent, Helen Joyce offers an antidote to the chaos and cancelling.

  • Publication date: May 5, 2022
  • ISBN: 9780861543724
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Pages: 352
  • Publication date: July 15, 2021
  • ISBN: 9780861540495
  • RRP: £18.99
  • Pages: 320
  • Publication date: July 15, 2021
  • ISBN: 9780861540501
  • RRP: £5.99
  • Pages: 320

Reviews

‘A frighteningly necessary book: well-written, thoroughly-researched, passionate and very brave.’

Richard Dawkins

‘A courageous, intelligent and important work, rooted in good science and common sense.’

Jenni Murray

'I'm off the fence...This rigorous and brave book nails the absurd idea that sex is just a “social construct”'

David Aaronovitch, The Times

'A superlative critical analysis...With this fact-filled, humane, and brave book, a grown-up has entered the room.'

The Telegraph

'Reasonable, methodical, sane, and utterly unintimidated by extremist orthodoxy, Trans is also a riveting read.'

Lionel Shriver

Thank goodness for Helen Joyce… Trans is a searing and at times devastating analysis of an ideological shift that has had a profound influence on many institutions in the West… With the rigour of an investigative journalist, she looks at the history of the trans movement over the past century.’ 

Christina Patterson, Sunday Times

'A tour de force. With a fine eye for detail, she brings all the elements of gender ideology together with clarity and precision...simply a must-read'

Evening Standard

‘anyone wanting to understand how transgender rights became such a flashpoint in identity politics – and why a generation of feminists is so determined to stand its ground – should start here with this polemical book by Helen Joyce.’

Times, Books of the Year 2021Patrick Maguire

'An intelligent, thorough rejoinder to an idea that has swept across much of the liberal world seemingly overnight. Even those outraged by Joyce’s positions would benefit from understanding them...Open conversation about such fraught issues is the only realistic path forward.'

Jesse Singal, New York Times

'A passionate defence'

Financial Times

Incisive, compassionate and nuanced…In the first decade of this century, it was unthinkable that a gender-critical book could even be published by a prominent publishing house, let alone become a bestseller.’

Louise Perry, New Statesman

‘There are few subjects which need treatment that is at once delicate, thoughtful and brave. Helen Joyce manages all of these things in Trans. Anyone looking to understand this most fraught of issues should start here.’

Douglas Murray, author of The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race, Identity

Helen Joyce

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