James Miranda Barry

At the turn of the nineteenth century, ten-year-old James Miranda Barry enrolled as a medical student in Edinburgh, the start of a glorious career as a military surgeon. Across the Empire, Barry achieved fame not only as a brilliant physician, but also a legendary duellist and a celebrated social figure. But James Miranda Barry was also a woman. Her greatest achievement of all had been to 'pass' for a man for more than fifty years. Patricia Duncker's novel tells Barry's story for the first time, in a richly inventive and entertaining tale of dark family secrets, adultery, questioned paternity and colonial history. It confirms her rare talent as a writer of profound ideas and immense storytelling power.




First published by Serpent's Tail, 1999

Picador edition 2003

Reissued by Bloomsbury July 2011

Published in the US as The Doctor


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German Edition

James Miranda Barry

Aus dem Englischen von Heidi Zerning

Berlin Verlag 1999 (hardback edition)

Berlin Verlag 2002 (paperback edition)

Patricia Duncker author page at Berlin Verlag


French Edition

James Miranda Barry

Trad. de l'anglais par Claude Bonnafont

Collection Littérature étrangère/Joëlle Losfeld, Gallimard 2003

ISBN 2844121489

Patricia Duncker author page at Gallimard


Dutch Edition

James Miranda Barry

Vertaald door Auke Leistra

De Prom, 1999