The Boy & Girl Saga

The Boy & Girl Saga

A series of novels that explore the adventures of a young boy and girl as they develop a new paradigm for healing with all the difficulties that entails and seek a new approach to gender in the face of violent opposition.

Boy & Girl


When Peter awakes in the head of a girl, he is both delighted and alarmed that his secret yearnings have become reality. Very quickly, however, his error is apparent; this girl is not him. Kaitling –that’s her name– is twelve years old, like him. She’s the daughter of a magician, a prominent figure in another world. Boy and girl travel back and forth from each other’s minds but have little time to get acquainted before the island is overrun by warrior priests and she has to flee. At home, a conflict erupts when Peter is caught wearing his sister’s clothes. He takes refuge at a friend’s place who encourages him to dress as a girl. Meanwhile at school, a haughty new girl goads him about his girlishness and, spitting in his face, vows to rid the earth of him. The stage seems set for a desperate struggle to survive, but will ingenuity and youthful fervour be enough against folly and fanaticism?

Written by Alan McCluskey, it was published in September 2012. This revised edition was published in September 2014.

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Reviews

This book is brilliant. I’ll be thinking about these characters and this plot for a long, long time. (…) the writer has crafted a wonderful story that I love, and I can’t wait to start reading the sequel. – Leland Dirks

In Search of Lost Girls


If you listen carefully you can just hear the mournful tolling of a convent bell over the shuffle of girls’ feet as they traipse to Mass, nursing bruises and a numbing despair. No one cares. No one is there to stem the torrent of injustice and abuse. They are lost and forgotten. In another world, the walls of the cathedral still reverberate to the sound of angelic singing as the mourners make their way to the exit, heads bowed, voices hushed. If only they knew that those girls who delighted them with their music were really boys in disguise, sanctity would flee in the face of raging indignation. The scene is set. The author picks up his pen with trembling fingers and begins to write.  Time to tear Kate and Peter apart. The thought of making her life hell has him dribbling in anticipation. He ought to know better. Things rarely turn out as an author expects.

In Search of Lost Girls is the sequel to Boy & Girl.

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Reviews

I have just sat and read this book in a day – isn’t that what holidays are for? And I loved it. (…) One of the main themes is about being different, a theme so close to my heart.  – Kate Lindley (on Facebook)

Girl, Boy or Whatever

Girl-or-Boy Cover

“When I look at a girl, all the girl’s in the choir, for example, what strikes me is that being a girl comes natural to them. They don’t have to think about it. It’s what they are. If I were a girl like them there would be nothing special in dressing or acting as one. But for me there is something special about being a boy who dresses as a girl. I’m attracted to girls, I identify as a girl, I feel like a girl, especially when I’m dressed as one, but I am not prepared to go the whole road and become a girl. In a strange way, that ambivalence is an important part of who I am.” – Peter talking to Kate in the first chapter of Girl, Boy or Whatever.

Girl, Boy or Whatever is a Boy & Girl novel.

It is currently being written.