Prix Femina Etranger, France Award
‘Hypnotic… Curiously beautiful and strikingly original’Spectator
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.
‘A remarkable novel’The Times
‘A major book’Daily Telegraph