The Book of Eve (Paperback)
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Paperback 368 Pages
Published: 01/02/2024
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A convent librarian must choose between protecting her sisters or discovering the truth about a mysterious book in this haunting and compelling page-turner from the author of Sea Fever.

In the name of the Father, not a word of this. Her letters are forbidden.

Beatrice is the convent's librarian. For years, she has shunned the company of her sisters, finding solace only with her manuscripts.

Then, one carnival night, two women, bleeding and stricken, are abandoned outside the convent's walls. Moments from death, one of them presses something into Beatrice's hands: a bewitching book whose pages have a dangerous life of their own.

But men of the faith want the book destroyed, and a zealous preacher has tracked it to her door. Her sisters' lives - or her obsession. Beatrice must decide.

The book's voice is growing stronger. An ancient power uncoils. Will she dare to listen?

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472276124
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A wonderfully rich and absorbing tale - Observer

This novel is chillingly good. - The Book Trail

Wonderfully atmospheric, this immersive tale grips the reader to the final page. - Woman & Home

A fascinating read for any fans of historical fiction, magical realism, intrigue and mystery, dealing with themes of female power, patriarchal religion and the power of books. - Somerset Life

Enchanting. The Book of Eve draws you into its rich, unsettling world from the first page and refuses to let go until the very end. Vividly drawn characters and a totally transporting setting with timely undertones, like The Handmaid's Tale meets The Devil and the Dark Water. - Bobby Palmer, author of Isaac and the Egg

Expertly crafted and beautifully told, this is an intriguing tale of ancient power and mystery with female strength and solidarity at its core. Haunting, magical and moving. - Jennifer Saint, author of ARIADNE and ELEKTRA

What a spellbinding tale! I can't remember the last time I was so captivated by a novel that I had to put everything else on hold to read it. Tense and claustrophobic, with a creeping sense of dread that builds throughout the story, The Book of Eve is a beautifully written, utterly enthralling read. - Karen Coles, author of THE ASYLUM

Can a book be both fast-paced and a slow-burn? I read Meg Clothier's The Book of Eve in a quick burst, enchanted by the plot, the mysterious manuscript, and the unfolding relationships between characters. Weeks later I'm still thinking about the compelling and complex treatments of themes of knowledge, community, agency and kinship. At times brutal and haunting, this is a beautiful book and one whose ideas resound long after the final page is turned. - Melissa Fu, author of PEACH BLOSSOM SPRING

What an extraordinary book - rich in historical detail and full of esoteric knowledge yet wearing its learning lightly while tapping into a rage that's universal at men's endless attempts to control the doings and thinkings of women. It's an education hidden in a tense, compelling, anger-driven narrative, Beatrice and Diana both knock-out characters. No mean feat! - Harriet Tyce, author of BLOOD ORANGE and IT ENDS AT MIDNIGHT

The Book of Eve completely captured me with its intricately and delicately woven world, filled with strange and entrancing magic. A powerful novel that grips with its compelling mystery and unforgettable heroine. - Eleanor Shearer, author of RIVER SING ME HOME

The Book of Eve is a dark, magical tale of women called upon to find their strength and sisterhood in order to protect an ancient power. Mysterious, bewitching and beautiful. - Elizabeth Lee, author CUNNING WOMEN

A ravishing, erudite feminist hijack of Renaissance Florence and the Bonfire of the Vanities - Alice Albinia, author of CWEN

A truly beautiful book, brimming with unsettling magic and the love of literature. It's erudite and bewitching, with a heroine I will never forget. Like a feminist Name of the Rose. - Costanza Casati, author of CLYTEMNESTRA

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“Couldn't put it down.”

I read The Book of Eve in one day. I loved the whole concept of the book and ‘Mother’ religion. Meg Clothiers writing is captivating. Fingers crossed there will be a sequel. Hard to know what to read next!

Hardback edition
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“Echoes of Kate Mosse but sadly not as engaging”

I really wanted to like "The Book of Eve" by Meg Clothier as it had been likened to The Binding and Handmaid's Tale. Sadly, I didn't find it as engaging as those books. It is interesting at the... More

Hardback edition
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Dan - Clifton, Bristol.

“What will you uncover?”

In the name of the father, not a word of this. Her letters are forbidden.
Beatrice lives a rather content life as the librarian in her convent. For many years, she has shunned the company of her fellow sisters as she... More

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