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Summary

We're all something else inside....

1952. Standing in a cold Suffolk field with her family, six-year-old Mary Ward has a revelation: I am not Mary. That is a mistake. I am not a girl. I'm a boy.

So begins Mary's heroic struggle to change gender. Moving from the claustrophobic rural community of the 1950s to London in the swinging '60s and beyond to the glitter of America in the '70s, Sacred Country is the story of a journey to find a place of safety and fulfilment in a savage and confusing world.

©2011 Rose Tremain (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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It's not as engaging as her historical novels and I found it hard to like any of the characters. It's a poignant story and not an uplifting one. The narrator's efforts to rerecord lines haven't been edited out.

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An important book about mental health

This was interesting and relevant, but not necessarily an enjoyable read. I didn’t like this as much as some of the writer’s other novels. I wasn’t too keen on the narration.

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Surprisingly uplifting tour de force

Having expected a rather colourless tale of gender reassignment, I was delighted to be presented with a wide-ranging, nay, rollicking romp through the first 30-odd years of the current queen’s reign. Startlingly enjoyable!🐝

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Sacred country

The introduction to this book was too longwinded and unnecessary and nearly put me off continuing with the book. The reader was rather miserable and droney undermining the adventurous emotional dilemma of the characters. The story was brave and considered.

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Dire narration

The narration is so slow and dull, I've given up with it, so I can't really rate the story

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Brilliant Book

This book is a must for everyone to read, it is about a transgender girl , but the whole book is excellent. Everyone involved is interesting, The story sweeps you along and is recommended. It will change your views about people born in the wrong body. Harrison Knights is absolutely brilliant at reading the book.

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Brilliant

this was one of the best audio books I have listened to. A story about ordinary people living ordinary lives brought together in a way that kept me interested and engaged throughout.

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Beautiful story

This story was well read and Harrison Knights does a beautiful rendition of Walter’s song. Wish he hadn’t attempted the South African accent though...