Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard
Authors and Contributors      By (author)   Alex Bertie
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 212,Width 144
CategoriesSexuality and Relationships
ISBN 9781526360687
Teenage / Young Adult

Publishing Details

Publisher Hachette Children's Group
Imprint Wren & Rook
Publication Date 2 November 2017
NZ Release Date 2 November 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom


I guess we should start at the beginning. I was born on 2 November 1995. The doctors in the hospital took one look at my genitals and slapped an F on my birth certificate. 'F' for female, not fail - though that would actually have been kind of appropriate given present circumstances. When I was 15, I realised I was a transgender man. That makes it sound like I suddenly had some kind of lightbulb moment. In reality, coming to grips with my identity has taken a long time. Over the last six years, I've come out to my family and friends, changed my name, battled the healthcare system, started taking male hormones and have had surgery on my chest. My quest to a beard is almost complete. This is my story.

Author Biography

Alex Bertie is a 21-year-old transgender YouTuber from rural Dorset. While attending school aged 14, he started making videos on sexuality and gender identity, continuing to do so with weekly uploads. His YouTube channel, TheRealAlexBertie, now has almost 300,000 subscribers, he has 72,000 Instagram followers and 47,000 Twitter followers. Alex has worked with organisations such as Childline and Stonewall, and has been recognised by the Independent, YouTube magazine TenEighty and trans publication FTM Magazine.


Must read...Tran Mission: My Quest To A Beard is Alex Bertie's moving memoir * NME * The writing is lively and personal, the advice given is not preachy but rather practical and down-to-earth * The School Librarian *