Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: What do you do when the person you love has to change?
It starts with a question, a simple favour asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate. Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires.
The Danish Girl is an evocative and deeply moving novel about one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the 20th century.
Read by Joe Jameson
(p) 2015 Orion Publishing Group
This is a curiously touching tale, told in a lucid and sensitive style — SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
An enthralling read — THE TIMES
A beautifully written novel . . . elegant, assured and intelligent — DAILY EXPRESS
The intelligence and tactfulness of his exploration of [love] makes his novel a noteworthy event — NEW YORK TIMES
A first novel of startling refinement and beauty — Chicago Tribune
Heartbreaking and unforgettable, it is a complete triumph — Boston Globe
Beautifully written. It is absolutely engrossing . . . [an] elegant, assured and intelligent tale; as a first noivel, it is astounding — SUNDAY EXPRESS
Intriguing and captivating . . . a resonant fable about metamorphosis and the construction of identity. This admirable book deserves to find a wide readership — DAILY TELEGRAPH
Be enchanted by THE DANISH GIRL . . . elegant and sensitive writing — ELLE
[An] affecting and graceful debut — NEW STATESMAN
The book is a sensuous treat, its symbolic visual imagery combining with mesmeric recreations of period and place . . . Einar and his wife are treated with sympathy, and a potentially sensational or bizarre subject is treated with dignity — ART NEWSPAPER
This is a curiously touching take, told in lucid and sensitive style that shows great insight into an extraordinary predicament . . . an engrossing story of true love, suffering and sacrifice — SUNDAY TELEGRAPH