The Corner That Held Them is witty, knowledgeable, and gently on the side of women
A magnificent recreation of the life of a medieval convent, dense with physical detail and imagined lives
A spellbinding piece of historical fiction - spare, luminous . . . One starts rereading as soon as one has reached the last page
One of the great British novels of the twentieth century: a narrative of extraordinary reach, power and beauty
A very subversive novel about a Fenland nunnery during the years of the Black Death, which sounds like not a barrel of laughs but is very, very funny and haunting and strange like all her novels. The reason I love books about nuns is that the enclosed world of the convent is such a brilliant metaphor. Nun books are as much about politics and power as they are about spirituality.