“Hannah Barnes, who wrote this book, is a Newsnight journalist and had done a lot of work for the BBC revealing what had happened at the Tavistock, a clinic set up in London in 1989 to help kids who are struggling with gender dysphoria. This is a story of bad management in a local center. It also touches on some of the decisions that were made about puberty blockers and the way that young people were treated. What we found really compelling about this story was the detailed research. She interviewed lots and lots of people who had been through the clinic or had worked there.
This is a complex subject that divides opinion, but it’s also important to think carefully about and to be able to talk about and debate, particularly as it’s now been revealed how many children’s lives were changed. They were put on drugs and medication that people had not fully understood, with profound consequences.”
Best Politics Books of 2023, recommended by Martha Lane Fox