Radio Bookclub: The Cape Doctor

Fort Collins-based author EJ Levy joined us at the Boulder Bookstore to discuss her latest novel The Cape Doctor. The book was inspired by the real life of Dr. James Miranda Barry and tells the fictionalized Dr. Jonathan Mirandus Perry’s journey from daughter to son in order to enter medical school and provide for family, but Perry soon embraced the new-found freedom of living life as a man. From brilliant medical student in Edinburgh and London to eligible bachelor and quick-tempered physician in Cape Town, Dr. Perry thrived. When he befriended the aristocratic Cape Governor, the doctor rose to the pinnacle of society, before the two were publicly accused of a homosexual affair that scandalized the colonies and nearly cost them their lives.

This interview aired on KGNU at 9am on Thursday November 25. Listen to more of our conversation with EJ Levy in the Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub podcast.

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The Radio Bookclub is a collaboration between KGNU and the Boulder Bookstore. Every month, Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Bookstore, selects a book to inspire listeners to read along together. The author will then join us for a discussion that airs the fourth Thursday of every month at 9am.