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 Sixties and beyond to the glitter of America in the Seventies, Sacred Country is the story of a journey to find a place of safety and fulfilment in a savage and confusing world.
A remarkable novel
A major book
Tremain is superb
Funny, absorbing and quite original. I've read nothing to touch it this year
Sacred Country is a book that we give to our friends and are glad to have read…it makes us look forward to Ms. Tremain’s other books with hungry pleasure
The activist Peter Tatchell on Rose Tremain’s Sacred Country, a groundbreaking novel about a young country girl called Mary who becomes a man named Martin
Read an extract from the masterful new novel by Rose Tremain, which traces a friendship across a lifetime
A wide-ranging and provocative discussion with Rebecca Asher and Juno Dawson is accompanied by interviews with David Szalay and Rose Tremain as we look at how novels and non-fiction are examining the modern male.