Axel, the main character in my novel, Michel-Michelle, is an architect in Lille and the son of “three mothers” – Amelia, his birth mother, Naomi, her partner and Michelle, Axel’s transgender birth father. Potential fatherhood brings back memories of his childhood and the mix of French and English in his identity. Challenged by his relationship with his partner, Sophie, he reflects on transition from male to female, from child to adult, from Lille to Manchester. Birth, death and suicide mingle in his notebooks and dreams. The novel opens when he has a few days alone in the holiday home of his deceased Grandmother to decide what to do with the neglected house.