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The nuns who enter a medieval Norfolk convent are told to renounce the world, but the world still finds ways to trouble them, whether it is through fire, floods, pestilence, a collapsing spire, jealous rivalries, a priest with a secret or a plague of caterpillars. As we follow their daily lives over three centuries, this masterpiece of historical fiction recreates a world run by women.

©1948 Sylvia Townsend Warner (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"One of the great British novels of the 20th century: a narrative of extraordinary reach, power and beauty." (Sarah Waters)

"As an act of imagined history this novel has few rivals. Also, as it happens, a work of high, frequent comedy." (George Steiner, The Times Literary Supplement)

"Spellbinding.... One starts rereading as soon as one has reached the last page." (Sunday Times)

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  • 10-12-21

A classic brilliantly narrated

This book deserves to be more widely known. It's witty, subtle, moving and lyrical, with sharply observed characters, excellent period detail and a deep sense of place and time.

Emma Gregory's narration was equally wonderful: engaging and fluid, matching the rhythm of the book extremely well.

Probably the best experience I've had with an audio book.

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  • 07-16-21

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Swept off into the Middle Ages. Dreamy. Amazing how STW created this. Lovely narration. 👍 good.

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  • susan vince
  • 04-28-21

dull,dull,dull

unfotunately merely a monologue of events with no storyline character development, action likely to develop an interest really disappointed returned unfinished.