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A Two-Tiered Existence

Samantha Kane

Book review kindly provided by by Dr Tracie O'Keefe DCH

This whirlwind autobiography of the once-upon-a-time business magnate and football entrepreneur Sam Hashimi, who in the mid-1990s became the sultry Samantha Kane, is no less than a whistlestop tour of her life. It is quite fascinating that a Muslim man, father of two, engineer, and close friend of the Saudi royal family should leave all those privileges behind to become a Kensington girl. The story, at times, is vague and skates over the gender turmoil of Sam's younger life. However, reduced circumstances that she plummets to- being in prison, mental hospital, unable to work and going from being a millionaire to being penniless is no less than fascinating.

Sam, who had everything going for him as a man, may seem to some to have thrown it all away in order to become a woman, but her relentless desire to succeed may lead her in directions that we await to see in the future. The terrible separation from her children, which renders her heartbroken, is extremely sad and leaves the reader with a feeling that perhaps she can never be happy.

Sam's story is fascinating on many fronts because she was penniless when she arrived in Britain in the late 1970s, built up an empire of wealth and then became penniless again in the mid-1990's, only to resolutely vow to rebuild her fortunes. One cannot help but wonder whether she will be able to do that once again buying large shares in Sheffield Wednesday football club as the shock of being a woman in the business world is no less profound to her than the shock of being a woman.

This is a Daily Star sort of read but nevertheless it is a book you can keep on your shelf and give people to read when they stereotype transsexuals as being depressed and living in poverty for the rest of their lives.

The most shocking thing about the book is to find a transsexual woman who is obsessed with football - this challenges stereotypes even in the transsexual world.

Dr Tracie O'Keefe DCH is a clinical hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, and counsellor formerly practising at The London Medical Centre, Harley Street in the UK. Now the Director of the Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Identity Clinic, at The O'Keefe Institute, Sydney, Australia.
In asociation with Katrina Fox, she is the author of a number of books, details of which may be found on her website:

Published by Writers and Artists, 1998
Paperback, 144 pages,
ISBN 0 9533604 0 7
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