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Set in a derelict former-harem high in the Himalayas, Godden's richly atmospheric novel teases out the repressed passions of a group of nuns as they toil to transform the building into their new convent.
NOW A HAUNTING BBC DRAMA, STARRING GEMMA ARTERTON AND DIANA RIGG
'A remarkable and beautiful book' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'I envy anyone reading it for the first time' AMANDA COE
'[Godden has] a genius for storytelling' EVENING STANDARD
High in the Himalayas, the mountaintop palace shines like a jewel. Built for the General's harem, laughter and music once floated out over the gorge. Now it sits abandoned, windswept and haunting.
The palace is bestowed to the Sisters of Mary, and what was once known as 'the House of Women' becomes the Convent of St Faith. Close to the heavens, the nuns feel inspired, working fervently to establish their school and hospital. But as the isolation and emptiness of the mountain become increasingly unsettling, passions long repressed emerge with tragic consequences . . .
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 217 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 18 mm
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