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WALES: Sex-change author remarries her wife.

Byline: By VICKY SHAW

A SEX-CHANGE author from North Wales has had a civil union with the woman she married nearly 60 years ago, it was revealed yesterday.

Jan Morris was born James Humphrey Morris in 1926 and fathered five children before having a sex change operation in 1972.

She and partner Elizabeth divorced and they continued to live with each other in the village of Llanystumdwy, Gwynedd. The couple had a civil union last month.

Elizabeth told London's Evening Standard: "I made my marriage vows 59 years ago and still have them.

"We are back together again officially.

"After Jan had a sex change we had to divorce. So there we were.

"It did not make any difference to me.

"We still had our family. We just carried on."

She said of the civil ceremony in Pwllheli: "It was just us and a couple of friends of ours."

The couple later had tea and biscuits at a friend's house.

The newspaper also reported that when the couple die they will be buried on a small island near their house.

And the headstone inscription will read in Welsh and English: "Here are two friends, at the end of one life."

Jan Morris was previously named by The Times as the 15th greatest British post-war writer.

She studied at Sandhurst and Oxford and is also a former journalist, making her name reporting on the 1953 British expedition's conquest of Everest.

Her popular three-volume work Pax Britannica, a history of the British Empire, was written while she completed her sex change.

She is also known for her writing on locations around the world including Hong Kong, Venice and Oxford.

Her novel Last Letters From Hav was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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Date:Jun 4, 2008
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