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  • Names of The Women unerases the erased, gives voice to the silenced, restores the lost, and brings dazzling, smouldering life to stories long left for dead. It is literally a tale that's waited a thousand years to be told.

    Marlon James, Winner of the 2015 Booker Prize
  • Names of the Women is an extraordinary work of restoration, playful invention, and stark beauty. In Jeet Thayil's skilled telling the gospel stories, which have lasted so long, spread so far, and become so dulled by familiarity, have their deep original strangeness returned to them.

    Chris Power
  • Original and thought-provoking . . . This is a bold and beguiling addition to the canon of New Testament fiction.

    Michael Arditti, Spectator
  • Theologically well-informed, imaginative and affecting . . . This is a fascinating and beautiful book. You most certainly do not have to be either a Christian or a feminist to appreciate it, and, in fact, if you are neither it might make you think twice about both.

    Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday
  • An electrifying new treatment of the old story; haunting, mysterious, intelligent.

    Tessa Hadley

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