The Mysterious Life of Dr Barry

A Surgeon Unlike Any Other

Lisa Williamson
AUD $14.99

The remarkable true story of Margaret Anne Bulkley aka Dr James Barry a surgeon who disguised herself as a man for her entire life.

In July 1865 the celebrated surgeon Dr James Barry died in London after a long and distinguished career in the British Empire. He had lived alone and a charlady took on the task of laying out his body.

Barry was well-known. A fiery red haired man he as a gifted physician and a determined and pugnacious character. He had been surgeon to the forces in British South Africa here he performed the world's first successful modern Caesarean birth. He had pushed through much needed medical reforms. He had quelled an outbreak of cholera in the West Indies. He had visited the Crimea and argued violently with Florence Nightingale.

A charlady came running from the room; she had startling news. Dr Barry had clearly been born awoman!

And so Margaret Bulkley's secret as finally revealed. Here is the incredible True Adventures of a young person determined to achieve their aim even if it meant a lifetime of deception

Author bio:

Lisa Williamson is the best-selling author of The Art of Being Normal, a YA story about the friendship between a trans girl and a gay boy described as 'a life-changing and life-saving book' by Philip Pullman and 'extraordinary' by Non Pratt. She has written two other highly regarded YA novels, All About Mia and Paper Avalanche.

Category: Children’s & educational
ISBN: 9781782692782
Publisher: Faber Factory
Imprint: Pushkin Children's
Pub Date: March 2021
Page Extent: 144
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: History & the past: general interest (Children's / Teenage)