About me

About me

I’m a journalist: a long-time staff writer for The Economist, where I have held a variety of jobs including education editor, Brazil correspondent (based in São Paulo), International editor, Finance editor and Britain editor.

I’m also an author: my first book, “Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality”, was published by OneWorld in July 2021.

And I’m a feminist campaigner: in early 2022 I took a leave of absence from The Economist, with the editor-in-chief’s blessing, to work with start-up human-rights organisation Sex Matters, which campaigns for clarity about the two sexes, male and female, in law and in life.

“Trans” was an immediate bestseller and named by the Times, Spectator and Observer as one of their books of 2021. The paperback is due out on May 5th 2022, and already available for pre-order. It includes an entirely new foreword and afterword. An audiobook edition is also available, read by me.

If you’d like to commission me to write for you, or to speak at an event, drop me a line on hjoycegender [at] gmail.com. If you want to contact me regarding my work at Sex Matters, best to use this form on the organisation’s website. For queries about my book, including to do with translation or syndication, please contact my wonderful agent, Caroline Hardman of Hardman and Swainson.

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In the meantime you can explore this site, where I’ve collected links to reviews of “Trans” and interviews I’ve given about it for a wide variety of podcasts, videos and print publications, as well as other writings and unrelated appearances and interviews on interesting topics.

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