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Black Narcissus

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25th September 2014

Price: £19.99

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Selected: Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781405532174

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NOW A HAUNTING BBC DRAMA, STARRING GEMMA ARTERTON AND DIANA RIGG

‘A remarkable and beautiful book’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘I envy anyone reading it for the first time’ AMANDA COE

‘[Godden has] a genius for storytelling’ EVENING STANDARD

High in the Himalayas, the mountaintop palace shines like a jewel. Built for the General’s harem, laughter and music once floated out over the gorge. Now it sits abandoned, windswept and haunting.

The palace is bestowed to the Sisters of Mary, and what was once known as ‘the House of Women’ becomes the Convent of St Faith. Close to the heavens, the nuns feel inspired, working fervently to establish their school and hospital. But as the isolation and emptiness of the mountain become increasingly unsettling, passions long repressed emerge with tragic consequences . . .

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Observer
A remarkable novel. One in a thousand
Evening Standard
[Godden has] a genius for storytelling
Daily Telegraph
A remarkable and beautiful book
Anne Chisholm
Like Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca or Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind, Black Narcissus is one of those rare novels that combines huge popular appeal with emotional subtlety and literary skill
Daily Mail
[A] beautiful novel
Los Angeles Times
All [Godden's novels] have one important thing in common: They are beautifully and simply wrought by a woman of depth and sensitivity
Amanda Coe
Godden's wonderful book sets out a complex vision of the variety, necessity and danger of desire, rendered into a story that is completely pleasurable. I envy anyone reading it for the first time.