Kirsty Cass, from Southgate, completed gender reconstructive surgery in March 2013, having spent decades as a woman in a man’s body.
She has shared her story - which included 46 years of hiding her secret identify from everyone around her - with the Obby, the national press, and with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on ITV’s This Morning.
Now she is writing ‘Becoming Kirsty’, a book which will describe her remarkable journey.
Kirsty told the Obby that she was prompted by a friend of hers, who had often suggested that she should tell her story in writing.
She contacted a ghost writer, who came up with a synopsis to send to publishers.
“Because there’s been quite a lot about this in the media lately, they don’t think it will sell much,” she said.
“Then another friend said: ‘Why don’t you do it yourself?’
“I thought: ‘Well, why not?’”
Kirsty said the writing is now almost half done.
“I’m going into how I felt when I was younger, feeling different.
“It’s mostly about the build-up to surgery, and how things have been afterwards.
“A friend of mine who’s pretty good on punctuation and all that is going to go through it for me, because I’m not very good at that sort of thing.”
After her surgery, Kirsty shared her story with the nation, describing decades spent being a woman while appearing to be a man.
Although she tried to fit in as a man, even getting married, Kirsty suffered from depression for many years, and was eventually hospitalised after self-harming.
This led to Kirsty being put in touch with a specialist at Charing Cross Hospital, and she was finally able to address the underlying problem.
With the surgery and hormone replacement therapy done, Kirsty has said she is happier.
‘Becoming Kirsty’ will reflect this - the cover photo is of her at a party held to celebrate her recovery from surgery.
The book is due to be published in paperback during Spring 2016, priced around £8.
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