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‘Hypnotic… Curiously beautiful and strikingly original’

Spectator
Prix Femina Etranger, France Award

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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