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Thursday 18 January 2018

Brighton Festival: Rose Tremain's Sacred Country Chosen For City Reads 2018

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, in Rose Tremain's Sacred Country, 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

Author Rose Tremain said: "It seems to me that this city, with its long tradition of tolerance and its talent for celebration is a place where Mary/Martin could have found happiness. 

"To make this book live again for Brighton readers will be an honour."

City Reads is the longest running 'big read' in the UK conceived to spread a love of books and ideas to the widest possible audience throughout Brighton & Hove, with a healthy reach into the South East region.

Sarah Hutchings, Artistic Director, City Reads commented: 'Sacred Country tells the compelling story of Mary, born in the wrong body and Mary's arduous journey to become Martin. 

"Despite being written in 1992, Sacred Country is a novel that deserves to be re-discovered as it is still a hugely relevant work. Mary's story is told with skill, compassion and empathy. 

"Rose Tremain is one of the UK's most respected writers and we are delighted to be welcoming her to Brighton & Hove in May to discuss this groundbreaking novel with readers across the City."

The full City Reads Programme will be announced On 15th February 2018. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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