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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
  • It's a bold, luminous tale that captivates from first to last.

    Mail on Sunday
  • Lauren Groff's Matrix is just marvellous; vivid and vibrant, it hums with the lives of those contained within the convent walls, as Marie becomes the ambitious and canny hub at the heart of this female utopia.

    Daily Mail
  • A thrillingly vivid, adventurous story about women and power that will blow readers' minds. Left me gasping.

    Emma Donoghue
  • Luminous, divine, her masterpiece

    Daisy Johnson
  • An audacious piece of storytelling, full of passion, wisdom and magic

    Sarah Waters
  • How mesmerising can twelfth century nuns be, even in the hands of Lauren Groff? I had barely started it before I was bloody well blaspheming with delight. Matrix is a gorgeous, sensual, addictive read.

    Sara Collins
  • Transcendent prose and vividly described settings bring to life historic events, from the Crusades to the papal interdict of 1208. Groff has outdone herself with an accomplishment as radiant as Marie's visions.

    Publishers Weekly
  • No doubt a mini-series beckons

    Catholic Herald
  • Groff offers a world that is rapturous, rapacious, ecstatic, profane; a novel of seismic revelations.

    Eley Williams

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