Becoming Drusilla

Becoming Drusilla

One Life, Two Friends, Three Genders


‘A brave and intelligent book’ Daily Telegraph

An unforgettable memoir about gender, journeys and enduring friendship

For years Richard Beard would take spontaneous holidays with his motor-cycling friend Drew. They would spend a few days walking, camping, cycling, canoeing - outdoor, manly fun - before returning to everyday life: wives, children, jobs. Richard was writing novels. Drew was working in the engine-room of cross-channel passenger ferries. Then one year Drew phoned to announce a complication: he was planning to transition and begin living as a woman.

This is the story of how Drew became Dru, of what happened to their friendship, and their adventures in wildest Wales the first time they went camping as man and woman. It is warm, sad, funny; an intimate tale of shared humanity.


  • A wonderfully sympathetic account of how and, possibly, why Drew became Dru
    Daily Mail

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Richard Beard

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