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 also 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'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 of profound ideas and immense storytelling power.
'A miracle of a book that is richly atmospheric and gains the murky excitement of a Victorian thriller ' Sunday Times
'A marvellous work . . . superbly imagined and flamboyantly written' Beryl Bainbridge
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Patricia Duncker is the author of three novels, Hallucinating Foucault (1996), James Miranda Barry (1999), and The Deadly Space Between (2002), and two collections of short fiction, Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees (1997) and Seven Tales of Sex and Death (2003), all available from Picador. She has also published a collection of essays on writing and contemporary literature, Writing on the Wall (2002). She is professor of creative writing at the University of East Anglia.
James Miranda Barry by Patricia Duncker
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