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A short and quick to read biography of Grayson Perry, the artist who won the Turner Prize for his decorated vases, and dresses as his alter-ego, Claire, in little girls’ outfits.  It’s mainly dictated to his friend Wendy, who then edited the book, so it has a freshness and immediacy which is very refreshing and means that the somewhat controversial subject matter isn’t treated pruriently or inappropriately.  It’s fascinating to see Perry’s development as an artist (the book takes him up to age 22), from thinking of art as a day job to attend, to "living" his art, and the insights into transvestism and, particularly, the Beaumont Society, are also fascinating.  A brave and honest person; I’d like to read more about his subsequent life, how he healed the wounds from his upbringing, and his opinions and work now.