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Summary

A Radio 2 Book Club choice.

Luke Livingstone is a lucky man. He’s a respected solicitor, a father and grandfather, a pillar of the community. He has a loving wife and an idyllic home in the Oxfordshire countryside. 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, rock his community and leave him outcast. But Luke has nowhere left to run, and 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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Everyone should read this important book

I can remember staring, sniggering, making covert mocking comments.. thankfully a long time ago…
This book made me reflect and seriously question myself, I learned a lot from this story.
It explains this challenging and unusual situation with compassion. Everyone could learn from this story.
How I wish I could go back to those brave women I covertly stared at and apologise for my ignorance.

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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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Ignore the continually angry, false, OTT voices

Great, great story but ruined by the appalling voices the narrators use. Shouting in unnecessary situations. Gritted teeth and growly voices from all. She makes Eilish pathetic and false sounding. Simon has a permanent gangster gravel voice. The narrator has ruined Kate’s character. Such a shame to ruin a great story, an issue that remains hidden could have had great impact with less boring (not shy) Luke. In fact, get the ebook instead, use your own imagination

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Narration?

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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Dreadful narrative!!!

I wish I’d read the reviews before ordering this audiobook- I’m a fan of charity Norman, and although the story wasn’t as good as all of her others , I would have enjoyed it far more with a different narrator- the false shouty gravelly voice for male characters was just grating and weird, the female voices pathetic- really truly spoilt the audiobook for me!

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Why is this book not a film yet

Absolutely excellent. Sympathetically written. I am sad I did not find this author before now. Need I say more?

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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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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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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!!