Australian Patrick White may have won the Nobel Prize for Literature, but he is virtually unknown in America, where I had to find this book used on the web as it is out of print. I was introduced to Patrick White via another of his novels, "A Fringe of Leaves" when I was in Sydney. Simply put, I couldn't put it down. "The Twyborn Affair" was the second of his many books that I read (I've since picked up nearly all of them in the U.K.) and it is a fascinating story about a sexually ambiguous/bisexual(?)man who leads three different lives in the books three sections: one in France, as a woman before World War I, another in Australia, as a man, on a sheep station and the third, in London as a madam at an exclusive brothel. White's novels take patience; the beginnings are often cryptic and it can take some time before the machinations of the plot and the characters are revealed. The reader is amply rewarded with lyrical prose and poignant characterization. After the first fifty pages, one is unable to put the book down. My husband, who is Australian, had never read White, dismissing him as "too literary" and hence inaccessible. I perservered with The Twyborne Affair and he found himself hooked well into the first section. The evolution of Eudoxia/Eddie/Eadie is not only a gripping and often erotic tale, but a parable far ahead of its time in its dealings with sexual identity and ambiguity. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It would make a great mini-series or film! Bravo for reissuing this work of art in the U.K.!