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For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy On My Little Pain: Signed Edition (Paperback)

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Published: 14/03/2024
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Waterstones Says

Taking the real-life medieval figures of Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich as a springboard for a compelling meditation on faith, femininity and the abuses of the church, For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy On My Little Pain is a uniquely powerful reading experience.

Signed Edition - a Standard Edition is also available

Longlisted for The Walter Scott Historical Fiction Prize 2024

In the year of 1413, two women meet for the first time in the city of Norwich.

Margery has left her fourteen children and husband behind to make her journey. Her visions of Christ – which have long alienated her from her family and neighbours, and incurred her husband’s abuse – have placed her in danger with the men of the Church, who have begun to hound her as a heretic.

Julian, an anchoress, has not left Norwich, nor the cell to which she has been confined, for twenty-­three years. She has told no one of her own visions – and knows that time is running out for her to do so.

The two women have stories to tell one another. Stories about girlhood, motherhood, sickness, loss, doubt and belief; revelations more the powerful than the world is ready to hear. Their meeting will change everything.

Sensual, vivid and humane, For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy On My Little Pain cracks history open to reveal the lives of two extraordinary women.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526680532
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Magnificent, bold and compelling' ROSIE ANDREWS, author of the Sunday Times-bestselling The Leviathan'A startling read ... Magic. - Jo Browning Wroe, author of the Sunday Times-bestselling A Terrible Kindness

Intimately observed, lyrically written and meticulously researched. I loved this. - Kirsty Logan, author of Things We Say in the Dark

Miraculously conjured ... Brilliantly done. - The Times, Book of the Month

The best first novel I've read in years ... So full and so vivid; it is amazing. - Roddy Doyle

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“For thy great pain and my little pain.”

I was aware in only the most general way of both Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich. This book has been a delight to read. I must admit that at first I found the layout and the rapid switching back and forth between... More

Hardback edition
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“Influential medieval mystics, given a fresh voice.”

A delightful read, perfect for so many readers. The stories of two influential medieval mystics are entwined, to create a sweet, touching story. The characters of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, are given... More

Hardback edition
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“Beautiful and lyrical debut novel”

I loved this! A thought provoking, sensitive exploration of the lives of two remarkable medieval women. There was a respect and sensitivity to the historical facts but a clever, lyrical exploration of the two... More

Hardback edition
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