The Corner That Held Them

Sylvia Townsend Warner

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Penguin Books Ltd
26 November 2020
ISBN: 9780241454817
Paperback

From the publisher

'One of the great British novels of the twentieth century: a narrative of extraordinary reach, power and beauty' Sarah Waters

The nuns who enter a medieval Norfolk convent are told to renounce the world, but the world still finds ways to trouble them, whether it is through fire, floods, pestilence, a collapsing spire, jealous rivalries, a priest with a secret or a plague of caterpillars. As we follow their daily lives over three centuries, this masterpiece of historical fiction re-creates a world run by women.

'As an act of imagined history this novel has few rivals. Also, as it happens, a work of high, frequent comedy' George Steiner, The Times Literary Supplement

'Spellbinding . . . One starts rereading as soon as one has reached the last page' Sunday Times

'Magnificent' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph