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England, 1255. What could drive a girl on the cusp of womanhood to lock herself away from the world forever?Sarah is just seventeen when she chooses to become an anchoress, a holy woman shut away in a cell that measures only seven by nine paces, at the side of the village church. Fleeing the grief of losing a much-loved sister in childbirth as well as pressure to marry the local lord's son, she decides to renounce the world--with all its dangers, desires, and temptations--and commit herself to a life of prayer.But it soon becomes clear that the thick, unforgiving walls of Sarah's cell cannot protect her as well as she had thought. With the outside world clamoring to get in and the intensity of her isolation driving her toward drastic actions, even madness, her body and soul are still in grave danger.

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Robyn Cadwallader

Robyn taught English literature, historical fiction and creative writing at Flinders University, South Australia. She is now the author of the internationally acclaimed novel The Anchoress (2015) and more recently, Book of Colours. She has published a poetry collection, i painted unafraid (2010) , a non-fiction book based on her PhD thesis about virginity and female agency in the Middle Ages and has edited collection of essays on asylum seeker policy, We Are Better Than This (2017) .Robyn lives among vineyards in the country outside Canberra, where she and her husband tend an orchard and a large veggie patch, look after their small flock of alpacas, three dogs and a couple of chooks. A wonderful array of birdlife keeps them company and vies for the first pickings of the apricot crops. When not writing, she loves to travel and discover worlds past and present.Robyn is online at:website: robyncadwallader.comtwitter: @robyncadfacebook:https://www.facebook.com/robyncadwalladerauthor/instagram: robyncadwallader

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