Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Chrysalids - John Wyndham

Its funny how you can be transported back to your childhood in a moment.

We have had a new bookshop open here in Sherborne in the last few weeks (yes, really!) ande whilst mooching through the High Street yesterday I thought I had better have a look.  It replaced the most dire of our three fish and chip shops, so could only be an improvement.  (Advert moment - the best of the three is 'Pisces', hidden in a housing estate to the west of the town.  My knowledge of that fact may explain why my weight loss programme is working, but slowly.)  Anyway, back to the new bookshop.  It was bright, cheerful, includes a cafe area (every third shop in Sherborne includes a cafe!) and seemed to be well stocked.  I thought I should buy something to show support and then I spotted a book I havent read since I was 16 or 17 - 'The Chrysalids' by John Wyndham, now released under the 'Penguin Classic' label.

Instatntly I was back to my confused period in my teens when I knew I was the wrong gender but couldn't do anything about it or talk to anyone.  The story is about an agrarian community living many years after a world nuclear war where 'mutants' are killed with religious fervour to attempt to maintain genetic purity as the world gradually recovers.  A small group of teenagers find that they can telepathically communicate between themselves.  So they are outwardly normal but inwardly mutants, and when the community discover them - the trouble starts.......

It is a great read and the parallels with my circumstances at the time will be obvious.

Gosh, how different the world is now.

At the moment I am back to a waiting game.  Head hair gets steadily longer and denser, hair elsewhere fading gradually, voice surgery in July, reassignment in November.  I just have to be patient, patient! PATIENT!

At least, with the warmer weather, I'll be able to catch a little sun this year.  But it will all be so much easier in 2013.

I'll keep you posted

Robin Moira White

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