• Unexpectedly haunting, its details catching like splinters in that part of the imagination that responds to pure storytelling

    Times Literary Supplement
  • The Convent is at once a still, almost silent thing, and a blistering human drama...Karnezis's great skill is in evoking the haunting beauty of lost places and souls... There is a strength and confidence to Karnezis's prose

    The Times
  • Impressive... We witness justice and injustice, theological controversy, the politics of a tiny enclosed society, despair, cruelty, generosity, scandal, suspicion, and suicide, all told with immense verve and skill

    Sunday Times
  • An impressive addition to the works of a master storyteller

  • This fragrant, fond and faintly otherworldly novel, with its final, poignant twist, is a memorable read

    The Lady

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