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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
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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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terrible narration nearlly spoiled a good book

the voices just did not fit. please.do not put on baby lisps for children. it was as if the story was read by 1930s people

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Narration so annoying!

For such a sensitive subject, this book scratches on the surface. I couldn’t work out when it was meant to be set, the male narrator was like a Richard Biers from the 50’s and the female narrator just yelled. So distracting and, for me, unpleasant to listen to. The story itself was sound but the delivery was very superficial.

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Good but for the narration

If it wasn’t for the fact that I like Charity Norman’s books so much, I would have returned this early on. The narration was so overblown, particularly the female narrator, whose shouty delivery and peculiar voicing of males as though she was reading a kids’ storybook I found really off-putting. I’ve never heard anyone talk like that in real life. The story was good.

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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.