Reviews

  • "A top pick for the coming year . . . this haunting novel blends historical fiction with a timely comment on women’s bodies and minds, and those who think they can control them. Unmissable."

    Stylist
  • "Astoundingly original, this impressive debut belongs on the shelf with your Margaret Atwood and Octavia Butler collections."

    New York Times
  • "A Sunday Times Books to Read in 2020: A classic ghost story for fans of Picnic at Hanging Rock, Deborah Levy, Jeffrey Eugenides"

    Sunday Times Style
  • "The gripping novel meditates on how an all-male establishment can deny women’s pain, and how the consequences can shape a society."

    Vanity Fair
  • "The Illness Lesson is a brilliant, suspenseful, beautifully-executed psychological thriller. With power, subtlety, and keen intelligence, Clare Beams has somehow crafted a tale that feels like both classical ghost story and like a modern (and very timely) scream of female outrage. I stayed up all night to finish reading it, and I can still feel its impact thrumming through my mind and body. A masterpiece."

    Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love