Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Dysphoria (Ed) by Dr Az Hakeem is a collection of essays written by Australian and UK doctors, surgeons, researchers and trans community members. It is an easy to read guide about all things transgender for the gender diverse community and their families and friends. Some of the information is UK… Read more »
Jenny Laswon’s “mostly true memoir” Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a laugh out loud story of growing up in rural Texas with a pretty whacky family. It’s also a tale of survival, strength and lessons learned from living with and surviving depression and anxiety. Her second novel, Furiously Happy is a must read for anyone… Read more »
Heartline is a funny, thought-provoking book is a series of short stories written by my good friend Dr Brendan Carson. All true stories, with the profits going to fund cardiac monitors for the small hospital in WA where Dr Carson works. The man has a heart of gold AND a sense of humour. Dr Tonia… Read more »
Sex is a complex life skill, and a little bit of instruction, inspiration and illumination never went astray. I was given a copy as a wedding present, many, many years ago. The new edition has much less hair. LOL!
Dr Rosie King, one of Australia’s favourite sex therapists, has written two excellent books for couples. Where Did My Libido Go and Good Loving, Great Sex. Read through these and put sticky notes in the bits that resonate for you and use as a springboard for starting a conversation with your partner.
Kaz Cooke does a great job of providing wise, accurate and amusing advice on Girl Stuff and Women’s Stuff. Get both. Give the Girl’s Stuff to your daughters and keep the Women’s Stuff to lend to your girlfriends (after you have read it your self, of course). Goes well with tub of ice-cream and a… Read more »
The Danish Girl is a fictionalised account of the life of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. I saw the movie first and the read the book with the superb performance of Eddie Redmayne at the forefront of my mind’s eye. Gorgeous, sad. Have the tissues ready.
Understanding pain is trickier than we might think. My ‘light blub moment’ was half-way through reading Painful Yarns: Metaphors and Stories to Help Understand the Biology of Pain. Essential reading for people struggling with chronic pain, their families and their doctors! Then, if you are feeling brave, have a read of Explain Pain by David… Read more »
Anything by Alain De Botton. The man could write a shopping list and I’d read it. Start with The Course of Love. Compulsory reading for anybody wanting to stay in love and trying to understand sex. Currently working my way through Self-knowledge published by The School of Life. I have a bit of a crush on… Read more »