The Anchoress

The Anchoress

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"So beautiful, so rich, so strange, unexpected and thoughtful...I loved this book." (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love England). 1255: Sarah is only seventeen when she chooses to become an anchoress, a holy woman shut away in a small cell, measuring seven paces by nine, at the side of the village church. Fleeing the grief of losing a much-loved sister in childbirth and the pressure to marry, she decides to renounce the world, with all its dangers, desires and temptations, and to commit herself to a life of prayer and service to God. But as she slowly begins to understand, even the thick, unforgiving walls of her cell cannot keep the outside world away, and it is soon clear that Sarah's body and soul are still in great danger...Robyn Cadwallader's powerful debut novel tells an absorbing story of faith, desire, shame, fear and the very human need for connection and touch. With a poetic intelligence, Cadwallader explores the relationship between the mind, body and spirit in Medieval England in a story that will hold the reader in a spell until the very last page.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 143 x 222 x 27mm | 457g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571313329
  • 9780571313327
  • 85,767

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So beautiful, so rich, so strange, unexpected and thoughtful ... I loved this book. Elizabeth Gilbert
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About Robyn Cadwallader

Robyn Cadwallader has published numerous, prize-winning short stories, poems and reviews, as well as a book of poetry and a non-fiction book based on her PhD thesis which explored attitudes to virginity and female agency in the Middle Ages. She lives among vineyards outside the Australian capital when not travelling to England for research, visiting ancient archaeological sites along the way.
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2 9% (218)
1 2% (59)
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