Axel is an architect in Lille and the son of transgender Michel-Michelle, his birth mother Amelia and her partner, Naomi. Potential fatherhood brings back memories of his childhood as he recalls his relationship with his ‘three mothers’ and the mix of French and English in his identity.

Authors Biography

Margo Gorman marched for civil rights while studying English at University. Developing and managing projects for Save the Children; equality campaigns and research on interculturalism at Manchester University. Life experience, cross-community work and published non-fiction have fuelled Margo’s passion for exploring untold stories of inequality and oppression through fictional characters.

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  1. Beautifully written with a subtle, lingering story.

  2. A very compelling and thoughtful story. The use of language to reflect the fluidity of
    gender is very clever.

  3. Beautiful prose in this thoughtful story, a meditative read.

  4. A beautifully written clever and accessible story that challenges and delights.

  5. Timely themes broached through beautiful writing.

  6. Brilliant

  7. Beautiful book and a great way to share with friends

  8. 👍👍👍👍👍👍

  9. This is not only about a search of who Axel is in a world of complex feelings and places but it is also about linguistic and gender fluidity. Brilliant read.

  10. A wonderful new book by a brave and curious writer!

  11. Thought provoking!

  12. Beautiful book. Loved it.

  13. Yes, lots of food for thought. Great novel.

  14. this book has a rich cultural breadth. the exploration of transgender is illuminating. a stimulating read!

  15. This book is rich in its range of themes, brave in its style & a thought provoking read.
    Well done.

  16. A true Margo publication

  17. A great read.

  18. This inspiring novel explores gender alongside other aspects of the self. ‘Transitioning’ for these characters is part of life, a constant, complex process portrayed with tenderness and, ultimately, optimism.

  19. Beautiful, sensitive writing on a range of important themes,

  20. This is a great book Margo, best of luck with the compitition Mark 👍

  21. As a Newbie, I am permanently exploring online for articles that can aid me. Thank you

  22. Thought provoking and wonderful.

  23. In a world of pandemia, where people are constantly looking for a sense of self, this novel is a refreshing read. Fluidity is not only about gender identities but also about linguistic and family issues.

  24. In too much discourse truth ist lost.

  25. This novel explores gender, language, and other aspects of the developing self, showing transitioning as an integral part of life. While the book dwells in depth with the son’s character and his anxiety around becoming a father, I wish the story had evolved further and had gone deeper into the challenges that transgender Michel-Michelle, his-herslf, faced. Maybe we can look forward to “Michel-Michelle II”.

  26. wow, awesome blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  27. Looking forward to reading more. Great blog. Keep writing.

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