A spellbinding piece of historical fiction - spare, luminous . . . One starts rereading as soon as one has reached the last page
The Corner That Held Them is witty, knowledgeable, and gently on the side of women
One of the great British novels of the twentieth century: a narrative of extraordinary reach, power and beauty
A very subversive novel about a Fenland nunnery during the years of the Black Death, which sounds like not a barrel of laughs but is very, very funny and haunting and strange like all her novels. The reason I love books about nuns is that the enclosed world of the convent is such a brilliant metaphor. Nun books are as much about politics and power as they are about spirituality.