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As Beautiful As Any Other: A memoir of my body

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When Kaya Wilson came out to his parents as transgender, a year after a near-death surfing accident and just weeks before his father's death, he was met with a startling family history of concealed queerness and shame.

This is a trans story.

As Beautiful As Any Other weaves this legacy together with intimate examinations of the forces that have shaped Wilson's life, and his body: vulnerability and power, grief and trauma, science and narrative.

This is also my story.

In this powerful and lyrical memoir, Wilson makes a case for the strength we find when we confront the complexities of our identity with compassion. As Beautiful As Any Other is a trailblazing debut of remarkable beauty, insight and candour.


Praise for As Beautiful As Any Other

'Transformative, sentimental, witty, and wonderfully authoritative. An intimate and stirring account of experiences at once universal and unique, from a perspective that's crucial to our understanding of ourselves, our relationships and our culture.' Amy Middleton, editor of Archer.

'There is so much more to this book than meets the eye. Wilson is able to do that rare thing, fuse the personal with universal, the scientific with the emotional, without losing the impact of either. Instead, they are enhanced. An intimate portrait of family, transition and trauma, with fascinating digressions to marine science and climate change, crossing continents and themes with ease.' Fiona McGregor

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760984885
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 27/04/2021
  • Category: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs
  • Imprint: Picador Australia
  • Pages: 304
  • Price: $34.99

When Kaya Wilson came out to his parents as transgender, a year after a near-death surfing accident and just weeks before his father's death, he was met with a startling family history of concealed queerness and shame.

This is a trans story.

As Beautiful As Any Other weaves this legacy together with intimate examinations of the forces that have shaped Wilson's life, and his body: vulnerability and power, grief and trauma, science and narrative.

This is also my story.

In this powerful and lyrical memoir, Wilson makes a case for the strength we find when we confront the complexities of our identity with compassion. As Beautiful As Any Other is a trailblazing debut of remarkable beauty, insight and candour.


Praise for As Beautiful As Any Other

'Transformative, sentimental, witty, and wonderfully authoritative. An intimate and stirring account of experiences at once universal and unique, from a perspective that's crucial to our understanding of ourselves, our relationships and our culture.' Amy Middleton, editor of Archer.

'There is so much more to this book than meets the eye. Wilson is able to do that rare thing, fuse the personal with universal, the scientific with the emotional, without losing the impact of either. Instead, they are enhanced. An intimate portrait of family, transition and trauma, with fascinating digressions to marine science and climate change, crossing continents and themes with ease.' Fiona McGregor

Author Information

Kaya Wilson is a writer and tsunami scientist based in Australia. His non-fiction writing blends essay and memoir to explore universal themes of identity, gender and origin. Kaya's work has been published widely including by Pan Macmillan, Brow Books, The Guardian and Overland. He was the winner of the of the 2019 Writing NSW Varuna Fellowship, a runner-up in the 2019 Kill Your Darlings New Critic Award, longlisted for the Kill Your Darlings unpublished manuscript award, and was shortlisted for Penguin Australia's Write It Fellowship.

AUTHOR EVENTS

1 May 2021

Join Maeve Marsden for a special Sydney Writers' Festival edition of Queerstories. Fast becoming a national institution, Queerstories was born from a desire to hear the stories LGBTQI+ people want to tell: tales of lives well lived, battles fought, pride, prejudice, love, humour and everything in-between. There's more to being queer than coming out. Featuring guests Alistair Baldwin, Krissy Kneen, Rebecca Starford, Alison Whittaker and Kaya Wilson.

8:00 PM

Carriageworks, Bay 17
245 Wilson St Eveleigh NSW 2015 Website



2 May 2021

Two new memoirs explore the discovery of long-held family secrets and their resounding intergenerational effects on how we understand ourselves. When Kaya Wilson came out to his parents as transgender, a year after a near-death surfing accident and just weeks before his father's death, he was met with a startling family history of concealed queerness and shame. Sarah Dingle was 27 when her mother mentioned over dinner that Sarah had been conceived via a sperm donor, but when she began digging she discovered only destroyed records and dead ends. Kaya (As Beautiful As Any Other) and Sarah (Brave New Humans: The Dirty Reality of Donor Conception) discuss their memoirs and confronting life's complexities compassionately with Maeve Marsden.

12:00 PM

Carriageworks, Track 8
245 Wilson St Eveleigh NSW 2015 Website



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