'A remarkable novel... The product of a truly original mind, whose inventions are magically unforseeable' The Times
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.
“Hypnotic... Curiously beautiful and strikingly original”
“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”
“A major book”