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The Anchoress

(2015)
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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 17 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. When she starts hearing the voice of the previous anchoress whispering to her from the walls, Sarah finds herself questioning what she thought she knew about the anchor-hold and about the village itself.

With the lyricism of Nicola Griffith's Hild and the vivid historical setting of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites, Robyn Cadwallader's powerful debut novel tells an absorbing story of faith, desire, shame, fear, and the very human need for connection and touch. Compelling, evocative, and haunting, The Anchoress is both quietly heartbreaking and thrillingly unpredictable.

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Hardback Editions

February 2015 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Anchoress
Author(s): Robyn Cadwallader
ISBN: 0-571-31332-9 / 978-0-571-31332-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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May 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Anchoress: A Novel
Author(s): Robyn Cadwallader
ISBN: 0-374-10425-5 / 978-0-374-10425-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

June 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Anchoress: A Novel
Author(s): Robyn Cadwallader
ISBN: 1-250-09467-4 / 978-1-250-09467-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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April 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Anchoress
Author(s): Robyn Cadwallader
ISBN: 0-571-31334-5 / 978-0-571-31334-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

May 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Anchoress
Author(s): Robyn Cadwallader
ISBN: 1-5046-2427-0 / 978-1-5046-2427-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

May 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Anchoress: Library Edition
Author(s): Robyn Cadwallader
ISBN: 1-5046-2425-4 / 978-1-5046-2425-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon CA   

May 2015 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Anchoress
Author(s): Robyn Cadwallader
ISBN: 1-5046-2426-2 / 978-1-5046-2426-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

May 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Anchoress
Author(s): Robyn Cadwallader
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

April 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Anchoress
Author(s): Robyn Cadwallader
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon   

April 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Anchoress
Author(s): Robyn Cadwallader
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

May 2015 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Anchoress: A Novel
Author(s): Robyn Cadwallader
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Availability: Amazon   

February 2015 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Anchoress
Author(s): Robyn Cadwallader
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


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