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I Want What I Want

Geoff Brown

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Gay & Lesbian studies

A reissue of Geoff Brown's groundbreaking classic novel about a man who wants to be a woman. Published in 1966, I WANT WHAT I WANT was one of the first novels to explore the life of a trans woman.

'I want what I want ... not what other people think I ought to want' Roy Clark insists to all those who attempt to help him: to the psychiatrist at the mental hospital in which he briefly finds himself; to his baffled but affectionate sister, whose clothes he has stolen; to his father, who is appalled that he has produced such a son.

For Roy Clark wants to be Wendy Ross. When a small legacy enables him - not to have the operation on which he has set his heart - but at least to dress and live his life as a woman, he feels brilliantly alive for the first time. But then he meets a man called Frank and, realising he can't live without love, the stage is set for tragedy.

I WANT WHAT I WANT is an extraordinary portrait of a young man struggling with his gender identity. Devastating and deeply moving, it is a modern classic and was made into a film by the same title starring Anne Heywood.

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