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As Beautiful As Any Other: A memoir of my body

by Kaya Wilson

Narrated by Kaya Wilson

$34.99

As Beautiful As Any Other: A memoir of my body

by Kaya Wilson

Narrated by Kaya Wilson

$34.99

$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

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760986650
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Pub Date: 27/04/2021
  • Category: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia Audio
  • 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.

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AUTHOR EVENTS

12 August 2022

Four prominent Canberrans confide their unflinching personal quests for truth and explore what happens when you dare to dig deep for answers and face your fears head-on. Moderator: Beejay Silcox Panellists: Oceane Campbell, Cecile Barral, Hugh Poate and Kaya Wilson

11:30 AM

4 National
Barton ACT 2600 Website



13 August 2022

What are the personal and professional pressures to 'make it'? From ambition to burnout, from societal and parental pressure to leaving the inner-city life to take over the family farm, our panel gets real about what they strive for and at what cost. Moderator: Lucy Neave Panellists: Kaya Wilson, Natasha Sholl, Sam Vincent and Lech Blaine

12:00 PM

Museum of Australian Democracy
Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House 18 King George Terrace Parkes ACT ACT 2600 Website



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