Please Miss

Grace Lavery


A memoir of gender transition and recovery from addiction, a dance across genres, a ripping-up of the rulebook, Please Miss is unlike anything you’ve ever read before.


Daunt Books Publishing > Fiction

ISBN: 9781914198489


A memoir of gender transition and recovery from addiction, a dance across genres, a ripping-up of the rulebook, Please Miss is unlike anything you’ve ever read before.

Grace Lavery is a reformed druggie, an unreformed omnisexual chaos Muppet, and a 100 per cent, all-natural, synthetic female hormone monster. How could her story be straightforward when she is anything but? The telling of her tale is kaleidoscopic, wild and audacious.

As Grace fumbles toward a new trans identity, she tries on dozens of different voices, creating a coat of many colours. The result is dazzling, unique and unforgettable. Startlingly funny and ruthlessly smart, Please Miss gives us what we came for, then slaps us in the face and orders us to come again.

‘A dizzying mix of theory and pastiche, metafiction and memory . . . Hilarious and sexy and terrifying in its brilliance. But don’t worry – Lavery is an avalanche you’ll be glad to be buried under.’ Carmen Maria Machado

‘A polychromatic, wild and joyous gambol through a world which is like ours but blessedly twisted . . . Come for the laugh-out-loud miniature windsock on page one, stay for the fascinating analysis of a discarded pig part in Jude the Obscure, end up profoundly moved.’ Maggie Nelson

‘As enthralling as an intimate all-night conversation with the brainy high femme BFF you wish you had. I wish it upon everyone.’ Melissa Febos

A daring, perverse, mind-blowing, intellectual, hilarious, outrageous, inspired work of art that somehow is touchingly sincere while giving no fucks whatsoever. I read this laughing out loud, clutching my pearls, my mind exploding in wonder.’ Michelle Tea

‘Like opening the Hamley’s selection of jack-in-the boxes and being hit in the face with a series of boxing gloves, cream pies, and cultural conundrums AND LOVING IT. Absorbing everything from clowns to Dickens as porno parody, this is a memoir like no other.’ Lauren John Joseph

‘Funny and warm and incredibly clever, and horny in a way that makes sex sound like the most natural thing in the world . . . it is remarkable.’ Marie Le Conte

‘Hot, sick, painfully vivid.’ Sophie Lewis

‘An unclassifiable pastiche of genuine beauty, a meta-memoir that takes its humor as seriously as its philosophy. Lush, louche, and utterly virtuosic.’ Jordy Rosenberg

‘Simultaneously mythic and demystifying . . . a beautiful, personal story about hope, joy, our bodies, and the meaty stories we build from them.’ Seiriol Davies

‘Grace Lavery has somehow managed to blend a rich overview of trans philosophy and theory with a languid, playful sexuality and humor . . . It’s a work of great seriousness that doesn’t take itself seriously at all.’ Nicole Cliffe

Please Miss will awe you with its swung prose, its hairpin generic turns, and its bouts of gleeful self-scrutiny . . . One chapter through and you’re ready to draw with Lavery, stand with her, hold with her.’ Paul Saint-Amour

‘A transition-memoir-as-fever-dream . . . Please Miss underscores the point that literature has evolved past the need for overcooked tell-all transition memoirs by presenting us with an hallucinatory journey that’s both hilarious and bizarre.’ Morgan Page

‘Maddening, snort-inducingly hilarious, perverted, and giving zero fucks, this is going to change the game. Buckle up baby!’ Lauren John Joseph

‘An honour, as a cis reader, to sit with the intelligence, wit and singular voice of Grace Lavery – to learn, laugh and be moved by such dazzling writing.’ Andrew McMillan

Delivery options

Orders are processed and dispatched Monday to Friday.

Estimated Dispatch Times:

Items are usually dispatched within twenty-four to seventy-two hours. Dispatch time does not include delivery. If one or more items are not available when you place your order there may be a delay in dispatch, so that we can send your items in as few parcels as possible. 

Latest UK Delivery Estimates

  • 1st Class - 1-2 working days
  • 2nd Class -  2-3 working days
  • Free Click and Collect at Daunt Books Marylebone

Latest International Delivery Estimates

  • Europe - Standard 7-10 working days
  • Europe - Tracked and Signed 4-7 working days
  • Rest of the World - Standard 15-20 working days
  • Rest of the World - Tracked and Signed 10-15 working days

Ongoing Covid restrictions, reduced air and freight capacity, high volumes and winter weather conditions are all impacting transportation and local delivery across the globe. 

Overseas Delivery Information

We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin.

Overseas Customs

If you are ordering goods for delivery outside of the UK, please note that your consignment may be subject to import duties and taxes, which are levied once the goods reach the country of destination.

Any such charges levied in relation to customs clearance must be paid by you. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. We recommend that you check with your local customs officials or post office for more information regarding importation taxes/duties that may be applicable to your online order as this changes country to country. 

Additional information

Weight 0.45 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm