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on 11 February 2014
Excellent read.
Rose Tremain is a captivating writer who has expressed deep emotion right through the book. Captivating to the very end.
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on 20 April 2014
Really compelling. A book about the preciousness of in-between moments in life. Wonderful. Like TRESPASS, a little whimsical at times.
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on 12 March 2016
Another sensational book by one of my favourite authors. This woman portrays life in all its beauty and devastation.
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on 26 March 2015
As with all Rose Tremain- a superb book- full of interest and character and a bit quirky too!
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on 31 May 2015
Really interesting book which treats transgender issues thoughtfully.
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on 8 October 2014
love everything by Rose Tremain and this delivered as usual
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on 15 July 2014
Interesting book but have had better from Rose Tremain.
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on 27 November 2014
Loved it! Rose tremains writing is so engaging.
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This novel tells the story of Mary, who at the age of six realises she is actually a boy, and from then on struggles to achieve her dream of becoming a boy and then a man. Considering the powerfully emotional subject, this is a surprisingly gentle book, and for me, the main story is one of loneliness. There is Mary herself, with her big problem, isolated from the family she cannot confide in. Her father Sonny, a moody alcoholic damaged physically and emotionally by the war, is misunderstood, as is her depressive mother, Estelle. Her brother Tim is also a misfit, unwilling to take over the family farm but wanting to pursue another career. Then there is poor Walter, son of the local butcher, who only wants to be a singer, and his uncle Pete, battling with the aftermath of cancer and living in an old bus. All these characters are beautifully and sympathetically drawn, but all are essentially alone.

The plot, which could so easily be a strongly emotional one, is understated, and all the more powerful for that. The writing, as ever with this author, is seamlessly fine. Although I don't think this is Tremain's best novel, I very much enjoyed it, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
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on 4 February 2015
great book but poor condition
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