From the author of The Gustav Sonata
Fat and fifty, educated only to be a wife and mother, Ruby Constad has reached a point of crisis. Her husband, Leon, lies in a nursing home after a stroke that has left him paralysed; her grown-up children are gone. In her anguish Ruby appeals for help to a half-remembered figure from her colonial Indian girlhood - Sister Benedicta. Gradually the events leading up to Leon's stroke are revealed and a woman emerges whose capacity to love, hope and understand are far greater than she realises.
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"The fact that Ruby Constad emerges so strong and devoid of self-pity makes her one of the most generous and complete of modern heroines"
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The activist Peter Tatchell on Rose Tremain’s Sacred Country, a groundbreaking novel about a young country girl called Mary who becomes a man named Martin
Read an extract from the masterful new novel by Rose Tremain, which traces a friendship across a lifetime
A wide-ranging and provocative discussion with Rebecca Asher and Juno Dawson is accompanied by interviews with David Szalay and Rose Tremain as we look at how novels and non-fiction are examining the modern male.