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By (author) Rose Tremain

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At the age of six, Mary Ward, the child of a poor farming family in Suffolk, has a revelation: she isn't Mary, she's a boy. So begins Mary's heroic struggle to change gender, while around her others also strive to find a place of safety and fulfilment in a savage and confusing world.

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 136 x 192 x 28mm | 299.37g
  • 03 Jul 2008
  • VINTAGE
  • London
  • English
  • 0099422034
  • 9780099422037
  • 106,410

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Rose Tremain's bestselling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country). Restoration was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989 and made into a film in 1995. Her short story, 'Moth', was also filmed (as the award-winning Ricky) by Francois Ozon in 2009. Her most recent novel, Trespass, was a Richard and Judy Bookclub Choice. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.

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"A remarkable novel" The Times "A major book" Daily Telegraph "Hypnotic... Curiously beautiful and strikingly original" Spectator "Brilliant. A strong, complex, unsentimental novel" Times Literary Supplement "Rose Tremain writes comedy that can break your heart-Funny, absorbing and quite original. I've read nothing to touch it this year" Literary Review

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Although only six years old at the time, Mary Ward will never forget the two minutes silence held in honour of King George VI. For she has a revelation - a mistake has been made - she is not a girl at all - she is a boy and will grow up to be a man. So begins the soul-searching struggle to become Martin Ward from a wretchedly miserable childhood in rural East Anglia to Nashville, Tennessee, home of country music via Earl's Court. But this is more than the saga of a sex change, it is also the story of the fascinatingly disturbed eccentrics who are part of Mary's life - her family and friends. A highly original and complex novel, both profound and humorous. (Kirkus UK)

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