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Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. A girl dresses as a boy and goes to war to find her missing brother. This is a humorous book which has some very serious points to make about the futility of war. One of his best, imo; if I had my way every teenager would be made to read it.

Am hoping I have a copy of The Corinthian as I'd forgotten that aspect of it and fancy reading it now! I think there are other Heyers where girls dress as boys, very early ones...

Trying hard to think of others and I know they're out there but drawing a blank at the moment.


A non-fiction book came to my mind. Masquerade: The Life and Times of Deborah Sampson by Alfred Young. She posed as a man and fought in the Revolutionary War. I have not read it so can't give a recommendation but you might want to check it out.


Cath--I've heard of Terry Pratchett but I've never picked up any of his books. I will have to see if my library has it--it sounds like great fun actually. I've only read a handful of Heyer's books now, and The Corinthian is the only one so far with a girl dressed as a boy, but I know I've barely touched the tip of the iceberg with her work! I'm sure there must be loads of books with this twist, but I couldn't come up with too many either.
Jeannette--I had to look this one up as it sounds really interesting. Young sounds like an excellent historian and researcher, so I'll be looking for this one as well. It sounds like Sampson was even wounded in the war. I know women fought in the Civil War, so I'm not surprised to hear of one in the Revolutionary War as well. Thanks.


There's the young adult The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

Pam Furry

Dona in Frenchman's Creek (Daphne DuMaurier) dresses as a boy so she can go 'pirating'...sounds like fun to me...I loved this book!


A book I have but haven't read yet is "James Miranda Barry" by Patricia Duncker. This is based on a true story: Barry was a renowned doctor and society figure in the C19th. but was actually a woman.


'Yentl, the yeshiva boy' by Isaac Bashevis Singer about a girl in 1900 Eastern Europe who loved knowledge and wanted to study when it was only possible for men.


I'm having a foggy memory here. I seem to remember reading Alice Hoffman's Blackbird House and there was a female character disguising herself as a man to fight in the Civil War. Fantastic book and I think this bit was actually a small part of the story but there you go.


The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce features a girl who wants to be a knight. Oh and Diana Norman has written a fictional book about a girl who ends up finding Anne Bonney (while dressed as a boy).


I don't remember the names of the players, but there's a young woman in the Count of Monte Cristo who, with another woman (I want to say her music teacher, but that doesn't seem right; at any rate, a companion), skips town. Both dress to pass as men, not for the purposes of adventuring, per se, but to travel more freely (and it's implied they enjoy some sexual freedom as well).


Cure for Treason by Geoffrey Trease. It was the book we read in school to "introduce" us to Shakespeare. Hmmm I wonder if my library has a copy of it.


Linda--I was thinking that there are probably a bunch of YA books that would have a heroine passing herself off as a boy. Will look for this one, thanks!
Pam--I loved this book, too (and the movie, even). I forgot how she dressed as a man to go pirating! I would love to reread this sometime. I almost wish she would have went off with the pirate at the end.... :)
Cornflower--How interesting. I've not heard of a woman passing herself off as a man to be a doctor, though I'm not at all surprised. I will look for this one, too. Is it NF?
Catharina--I saw this movie (with Barbara Streisand) ages ago. I would love to give Isaac Bashevis Singer's work a try--this would be the perfect choice for me. I think the story has faded sufficiently in my mind now. Thanks!
Darlene--You're right! I read this one, too, and remembered reading a story of a woman passing herself off as a man to fight in the Civil War, but I couldn't remember where I found the story. Thanks for the reminder. That is one story collection that I must say I really loved and would be worth rereading!
Jodie--I love the idea of a girl wanting to be a knight--must definitely check that one out. Am interested in any Anne Bonny stories as well (a general interest in anything seafaring). Thanks!
Isabella--The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books, though it has been years since I read it and must admit to the details of the story having faded miserably in my mind. I don't remember this at all. I guess it's time to pull this one out for a reread.
Sassymonkey--An introduction to Shakespeare? I must really check this one out. I'll have to see if my library has it, too.

Many thanks to all for the excellent suggestions!


Wow - this is such a great (and unusual) category and I've been enjoying both your post and the responses to it, Danielle! And, as ever, scribbling down a list of lots more books I'd like to read...

Dorothy W.

I know Jeanette Winterson's novel The Passion has some cross-dressing in it, and it's set in the Napoleonic Wars, so there's the historical aspect. Your list looks very interesting! I'm intrigued by the George Sand book -- nice to see some nonfiction in there!


Litlove--I think I'm running out of the run of the mill categories and am now looking for the more off beat ones! I think there surely must be a book about every subject under the sun. I like the idea of living an adventurous life--even if I only do so through the pages of a book.
Dorothy--I will have to pull out my copy of The Passion--I knew it was a historical novel of sorts--though I chouldn't be surprised about the cross dressing! :) I thought the Sand book sounded interesting as well.


Look for High Hearts by Rita Mae Brown. I remember it being well written and fast paced, its about a young woman who disguises herself to fight in the American Civil War.


My first "grown up" romance book, which I read in *gasp* 7th grade (much to the horror of my homeroom teacher), was Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss. The heroine started off the book, set during the Civil War, dressed as a boy. I loved that book at the time, and re-read it at least once.


CitronYella--Thanks. I've read only one of Rita Mae Brown's books and that was ages ago. I'm interested in reading about a woman fighting in the Civil War and wonder just how much it occurred.
Somer--I had a friend who read all of Kathleen Woodiwiss's novels! I'm sure I read my share of books like this when I was that age as well, though I never have read Woodiwiss. I'll have to look for this one, though, as it sounds like it might be a fun read.


I haven't read it yet but try Blindspot by A Gentleman in Exile and A Lady in Disguise. Authors Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore

You have a wonderful blog!


Pat--Thank you! And thanks for the suggestion--I'm off to check it out. I've not heard of the title or authors before, but it sounds good! :)

Venus Eyer

Books by Sarah Waters that I have read so far ( always have a woman dressed in mannish clothes. Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith are set in Victorian England. Tipping the Velvet is also available on DVD as a three-part series. I loved it.

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