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James Miranda Barry By Patricia Duncker

James Miranda Barry by Patricia Duncker

Condition - Very Good
$30.99
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Summary

James Miranda Barry enrols as a medical student in Edinburgh, the start of a glorious career as a military surgeon. He achieves fame as a legendary duellist and a celebrated social figure. But James Miranda Barry was also a woman. Her greatest achievement has been to pass for a man for 50 years.

James Miranda Barry Summary

James Miranda Barry by Patricia Duncker

At the turn of the nineteenth century, ten-year-old James Miranda Barry enrolled as a medical student in Edinburgh, the start of a glorious career as a military surgeon. Across the Empire, Barry achieved fame not only as a brilliant physician, but as a legendary duellist, and a celebrated social figure. But James Miranda Barry was also a woman. Her greatest achievement of all had been to 'pass' for a man for more than fifty years. Patricia Duncker traces Barry?s life and career across three continents, and through an extraordinary and vivid collection of characters. The Venezuelan revolutionary general with enormous moustaches and a poetry addiction. The shabbily eccentric English aristocrat and his serpent lookalike sister. And Alice Jones - the ruthless and gorgeous kitchen-maid - all brown legs, black curls and ambition, who Barry loves instantly and forever. Patricia Duncker's novel tells Barry's story for the first time, in a richly inventive and entertaining tale of dark family secrets, adultery, questioned paternity and colonial history. It confirms her rare talent as a writer with profound ideas and a very good story to tell.

James Miranda Barry Reviews

Patricia Duncker should be made a DBE, elected to the Acad?mie Fran?aise and have a statue erected in the main square of her home town -- Louis de Berni?res ?A marvellous work of faction, superbly imagined and flamboyantly written? Beryl Bainbridge ?It informs and entertains. It?s that rare thing among contemporary novels, a rip-roaring tale told with panache * and as such it?s hugely enjoyable? Spectator *

About Patricia Duncker

Patricia Duncker was born in the West Indies. Hallucinating Foucault, her first novel, won the 1997 Dillons First Fiction Award. She is the author of Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees, a collection of short stories, and James Miranda Barry.

Additional information

GOR003400102
9781852425760
1852425768
James Miranda Barry by Patricia Duncker
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Profile Books Ltd
1999-06-01
384
N/A
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