Like a Fish out of Water
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When newspaper reporter Clive White is asked to interview a well-heeled eighty-something lady about her life history, he is expecting the usual run-of-the-mill tale of marriage and children with perhaps a bit of charity work on the side. The indomitable and spirited Alexandra Fraser, however, turns out to be a completely different kettle of fish, and she slowly reveals a dramatic and diverse life encompassing sporting achievement on the cricket field and courageous service in the WAAF as well as a passionate wartime romance. But there’s something even more remarkable about her story – for Alexandra was brought up as Alexander…as a boy!
Taking us from the dorms and corridors of an English public school to the dreaming spires of Oxford and on to the ravaged landscapes of Nazi-occupied France, this sweeping yet richly detailed epic is a remarkable tribute to the human spirit and a sometimes startling examination of how gender shapes our lives. A beautiful, brave and rewarding book.
Info: 666 pages | 234 x 156mm