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For thy great pain have mercy on my little pain


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.

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WINNER OF THE SCOTTISH BOOK AWARDS – FIRST BOOK OF THE YEARA SUNDAY TIMES, GUARDIAN, SCOTSMAN AND IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR‘A beautiful book … It warmed my heart’ MAX PORTER’Electrifying … A pocket epic’ GUARDIANAn astounding debut, both epic and intimate, about grief, trauma, revelation, and the hidden lives of women – by a major new talentIn the year of 1413, two women meet for the first time in Norwich.Before they part, Julian will entrust Margery with a secret – one that will change the course of history.‘You will read it in no time but be thinking about it for ages after FRANK COTTRELL-BOYCE, GUARDIAN, Book of the day‘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‘A vibrant portrait of female courage’ OBSERVER‘A novel of rare brightness and clarity, concise and yet capacious: it illuminates like a shaft of sunlight’ IMOGEN HERMES GOWAR

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Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


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