The Red Tent
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The Red Tent

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'I genuinely fell into this rich and colourful world and Dinah and Leah have stayed with me as ancestors and sisters brought to life by Anita Diamant's imaginative novel' - Maureen Lipman.

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible her fate is merely hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the verses of the Book of Genesis that recount the life of Jacob and his infamous dozen sons. Anita Diamant's The Red Tent is an extraordinary and engrossing tale of ancient womanhood and family honour. Told in Dinah's voice, it opens with the story of her mothers - the four wives of Jacob - each of whom embodies unique feminine traits, and concludes with Dinah's own startling and unforgettable story of betrayal, grief and love. Deeply affecting and intimate, The Red Tent combines outstandingly rich storytelling with an original insight into women's society in a fascinating period of early history and such is its warmth and candour, it is guaranteed to win the hearts and minds of women across the world.

Adapted as a TV miniseries starring Rebecca Ferguson and Minnie Driver.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 26mm | 289g
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • geneal. tables
  • 0330487965
  • 9780330487962
  • 12,949

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'If you don't read it you'll be missing out' Eve; 'I genuinely fell into this rich and colourful world and Dinah and Leah have stayed with me as ancestors and sisters brought to life by Anita Diamant's imaginative novel' Maureen Lipman
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About Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant's debut novel The Red Tent was an international bestseller and won the Booksense Book of the Year Award. Her second novel Good Harbor was a favourite with reading groups. Anita is also an award-winning journalist and the author of several books about contemporary Jewish life. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.
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Rating details

458,367 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 46% (210,899)
4 33% (149,011)
3 15% (68,964)
2 4% (19,892)
1 2% (9,601)

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As a lover of historical fiction, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the author's creativeness in the personalities of each character and her interpretation of the Biblical facts.show more
by Donna Meyer
I highly recommend this book, especially for book clubs with all female members! I was given this book as a gift, and so glad I read it and have recommended it to all my "sisters" in Canada and Australia. It's a tough go at first, but it's worth it, and there's lots of themes to discuss. Certainly makes you look at Biblical times in a totally different light.show more
by Maggie Swithenbank
This book is beautiful. It is a story of hardship, love and great loss, seen through the eyes of a young girl and her transformation into a woman. As a woman reading this book you can complete relate to Dinah's experiences growing up. I have recommended this book to my mother and my sisters because that is the central theme: sisterhood.show more
by Lesley Nation
"I absolutely loved this book. I have recommended it to so many people, including my mother who also loved it. As a woman, I think it's fantastic to read a book that speaks of a time when women could honour their time of menses and resting by the moon. I give it 5 stars and urge anyone to at least give a go! "show more
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