James Miranda Barry

by Patricia Duncker

A fascinating and compulsive read which, at times, raises more questions than it answers. Based on the real James Miranda Barry, a well known, controversial, nineteenth century medical reformer, with an ambiguous sexual identity. It will leave you wanting to find out more.


These were men who were getting older, fatter, grey-haired; the adventure of their lives was already undertaken and achieved, their roads already chosen. Now they were choosing for me ....

'Welcome aboard James Miranda Barry. You'd be wasted as a woman. Join the men.'

Then they all laughed.


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