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A turbulent affair plays out in the pilgrim city of Lourdes

‘Carries you through with humour, warmth and, above all, the urgency of a great romance’ Guardian

‘Closing this novel after reading the last page, one briefly believes in miracles, at least of the human redemptive kind’ Independent on Sunday

Jubilate is something to celebrate indeed’ Independent

A woman wakes in a Lourdes hotel room beside her lover of just two days. She has brought her brain-damaged husband on a pilgrimage to seek a miracle cure; her lover is making a TV documentary to mark the shrine’s 150th anniversary year. Setting aside personal doubts, family ties and spiritual differences, they embark on a turbulent affair from which neither they nor those around them will emerge unchanged.

Reviews

Carries you through with humour, warmth and, above all, the urgency of a great romance
Guardian
Combines a moving story of love against the odds with a moral debate on the nature of faith. Despite its serious theme Jubilate is a highly readable novel, full of humour and warmth
Closing this novel after reading the last page, one briefly believes in miracles, at least of the human redemptive kind
Independent on Sunday
The reader retains a quiet sense of celebration indeed, jubilation as people face the crosses they must bear with as much dignity as they can muster
Daily Telegraph
Arditti does indeed take the reader on a very different kind of a literary journey, as enjoyable as it is unusual. Jubilate is something to celebrate indeed
Independent
Arditti is a nimble, dry guide to the meandering streets and kitsch architectural delights of Lourdes and the extremes of emotions it elicits from its pilgrims
The Times
I was amazed at how emotional this book is. What makes the book so poignant, and so urgent, is that the ethics of choice, and how we care for one another, are made to matter, not just to the characters but also to the readers
Literary Review