The Translation of the Bones: From the Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers 2009 (Paperback)Francesca Kay (author)
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A searingly powerful novel about passion and isolation, about the nature of belief, about love and motherhood, for fans of Ali Smith and Maggie O'Farrell
In a church in Battersea, Mary-Margaret O'Reilly sees blood on her hands and believes she has witnessed a miracle. The consequences are both profound and devastating - not just for her but for others, too: Father Diamond, the parish priest, struggling with his own faith. Stella, adrift in her marriage and aching for her ten-year old son, away at boarding school. Alice, counting the days until her soldier son comes home. And Mary-Margaret's mother, imprisoned in a tower block with nothing but her thoughts for company... What happens to Mary-Margaret will send ripples through this tight community, raising questions about the nature of devotion - in all its forms - and the cost of loving in a confusing world.
'Unfailingly gripping, filled with the essential ingredients - tension and emotion.' Patricia Duncker, LITERARY REVIEW
'Beautifully musical sentences with carefully judged rhythms.' Philip Womack, DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Skillfully constructed and beautifully written.' Peter Parker, SUNDAY TIMES
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 194 x 129 x 17 mm
Kay leads us out to sea in calm waters and then leaves us to battle the waves where religion is by turns a prop, powerful, life-affirming and damaging. -- Alyson Rudd * THE TIMES *
This delicate second novel from the talented writer centres on an unhappily married mother and explores unexpected questions about the dangers and consolations of faith. * METRO *
Kay's superbly intelligent literary novel examines faith and delusion in luminous prose. * THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH SEVEN Magazine *
compelling for anyone interested in how and why religion does or does not work, and the abuses committed in the name of faith. -- Ruth Gledhill * THE TIMES *
Francesca Kay's power lies in the shock of deliberate understatement. Her narrative is underpinned by compassion, even when at its most appalling. * THE TIMES *
This is a fine work from an accomplished author, and its treatment of the thorny subject of religious fervour is well done. * THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST *
With its fine-grained pattern of voices, its relish for the jostlings of inner-city life and its tender lyricism, the novel offers insight and uplift but no mystical schmaltz. * THE INDEPENDENT *
The author marries acute observation of character and place to a mastery of the silent spaces in which dwell hope and, sometimes, its absence. -- Andrew Norfolk * THE TIMES *
Elegant and perfectly paced... written with great sensitivity and intelligence. * THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE *
That feeling of local magic and mystery has been artfully captured. * ABSOLUTELY BATTERSEA & CLAPHAM *
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The Translation of the Bones is wonderfully written – a fresh new novel to shake the cobwebs off and introduce readers to something a bit different.
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