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The New Woman

Narrated by: Gordon Griffin, Maggie Mash
Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Summary

Luke Livingstone is a respected solicitor, a father and grandfather, a pillar of the community. Yet Luke is struggling with an unbearable secret, and it's threatening to destroy him.

All his life, Luke has hidden the truth about himself and his identity. It's a truth so fundamental that it will shatter his family and leave him outcast. But to continue living, he must become the person - the woman - he knows himself to be, whatever the cost.

©2015 Charity Norman (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Will appeal to devotees of Joanna Trollope and Jodi Picoult... [Norman] is hot on their heels." ( Daily Mail)
"New Zealand-based author Charity Norman has the...clever knack of taking an issue and examining it from all angles, to see the effect it has on everyone involved." ( New Zealand Herald)

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Loved the story, disliked the narration

I really enjoyed the story, but the experience was somewhat spoiled by the female narrator. Her dialogues I found very unnatural and grating to such an extent that it made me dislike some of the female characters.

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real thought provoking

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. it was chosen for my craft shop's A Novel Read book club.

I did wonder at the end though how different the story would have been had he not had a good job and money,

I felt that it had a kind of 'and they all lived happily ever after' feel to it when the reality of this for a lot of people in the situation is completely different.

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Fascinating Insight

We'll written and informative story of the journey travelled by the transgender community and the trials and tribulations they face.

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I did not like the narration, especially the woman! It spiked the listening. Story wasn’t as good as other books by Charity Norman so was disappointing

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Sensitively written

Challenging head long the challenges of someone locked in the wrong body and the effect this has on the people that love them. Beautifully written.

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  • L Hayes
  • Carmarthen, Wales
  • 08-03-17

A Very Empathetc Stoy

This book, I felt was beautifully written. Ii took a very sensitive subject and you saw the story unravel from each of the family member's perspectives and how they, in turn, dealt with the difficulties that they were left to deal with.
The story leaves the reader questioning their own feelings and view points surrounding the same subject matter and, in due course, how accepting they are of towards this very brave group of people.
We all find ourselves living in such a multi-cultural society that we should be more understanding and supportive of each other.
This book was both beautifully written and narrated and yes I would recommend it to everyone.
This is a part of every day life that we should all be familiar with, accept and not hold prejudices against those that are living with this frustration and confusion every day.
I loved this read. I commend you Charity Norman on a very fragile subject, both sensitively and empathetically covered!!

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Clichéd

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I didn't like the accents used - Spanish sounded like Welsh etc.

Would you be willing to try another book from Charity Norman? Why or why not?

No - too clichéd and predictable

Would you be willing to try another one of Gordon Griffin and Maggie Mash ’s performances?

No - wasn't keen on their accents.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

No.

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