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  • Visionary leader, queer lover, 12th-century writer ... the life of Marie de France is triumphantly reimagined in an assertively modern novel about female ambition and creativity... a highly distinctive novel of great vigour and boldness. From mystical visions that may or may not be divine, to the earthy business of abbey pigs, diseases and account books, Groff does it all with purpose and panache

    Guardian
  • Groff's writing is muscular and precise, her themes wildly resonant. Women are dismissed and contained, subject to misogynist attacks and abuse, but gain power collectively - "alone, together". Shockingly, this message is as poignant today as it was, perhaps, 800 years ago

    Sunday Times
  • A dazzlingly clever tale . . . gorgeously precise prose, always elegantly weighted and perfectly economical

    The Times
  • Pitch-perfect

    Telegraph
  • This is a remarkable novel: unusual, profound, transcendental

    Evening Standard

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