A fragmented, feverish reimagining of the death and life of SCUM Manifesto author Valerie Solanas. Suitably unhinged, often traumatic, yet full of surprising tenderness, The Faculty of Dreams makes a very strong case for the 'fictional historiography'.
A tender and eye-opening narrative of gender and masculinity. After suffering violence at the hands of men as a girl, then transitioning in his thirties, Thomas Page McBee explores the contradictions of living in his new body. Suddenly men want to fight him, he is not meant to talk about his feelings, he gets a pay rise & he can silence a room with his voice, these are the new realities of living as a man. But what if he doesn’t want to subscribe to them?
Through learning amateur boxing, McBee discovers that the rigid socialised experience of masculinity is not innate, it is learned. This is an important and necessary story about reckoning with toxic masculinity that needs to be told, and glimpses at the freedom of realising there is no such thing as a ‘real man’. A must-read.
Published by Canongate on 14th March 2019
Unapologetic, raw yet graceful, Lidia Yuknavitch's memoir weaves in breathless prose a powerful story of self-expression, charting early abuse, addiction, homelessness, self-sabotage, and desire, while coming of age as a writer. All this is underpinned by two constants, the exhilaration/solace of being in water and rage/resilience it takes to be a woman. An extraordinary book.