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The Butcher's Daughter: A Novel by [Victoria Glendinning]

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“Glendinning makes this tale exhilarating, lending Agnes a candid, eccentrically lyrical voice.”
The New York Times Book Review

“A richly textured chronicle . . . [with] well written with wonderfully rendered descriptions of place and period and an evocative mix of fiction and fact. The author has created an interesting and observant narrator whose actions and reflections are consistent with her circumstances and the period in which the story takes place. . . . In a world ruled by men cowed before a fickle tyrant, Agnes’s decisions are not only pragmatic but authentic to her time and place which, after all, has to be the guiding principle for historically based fiction.”
New York Journal of Books

“In this well-researched historical novel, a woman goes from dishonored farm girl to powerful nun in a prosperous abbey, and gets involved in palace intrigue against the backdrop of the reformation.”
Literary Hub

“A brave girl, a powerful tale, a world on the brink of change– and how the past leaps into life!”
Fay Weldon

“An immersive, engrossing, and epic journey of a woman's soul, finely researched and beautifully written.”
Margaret George, author of The Autobiography of Henry VIII

“An elegant, beautifully written ode to the resilience of the human spirit, and a poignant meditation on time and change. As lucent and intricately-detailed as a stained glass window.”
Carol McGrath, author of The Daughters of Hastings Trilogy

“A beguiling, affecting tale of dissolution and redemption set in a changing–and beautifully wrought–Tudor landscape. Gloriously authentic and refreshingly unromantic, this one got under my skin.”
Jessie Childs, historian and award-winning author of Henry VIII's Last Victim and God's Traitors

“A fresh perspective [of the Tudor Era] ... Glendinning's research convincingly depicts the bustling and frequently ruthless world of Henry VIII's England.”
Library Journal

“Psychologically astute ... and evincing deep knowledge of Tudor-era society. Glendinning thoughtfully explores womanhood's many facets.”

“Unabashedly feminist . . . elegant, intelligent, compulsively entertaining . . . [The Butcher’s Daughter] demonstrates the power of individuals with inner strength and determination to work for change when able to choose a life of their own design.”
Foreword Reviews (starred review)

“I have begun
 The Butcher’s Daughter and am swept away by the elegant prose. Will Glendinning give Hilary Mantel a run for the money?”
Mirabile Dictu

“Glendinning writes with a vivid immediacy about a fascinating, dark moment . . . This is the underside of Henry’s religious Reformation… a refreshing and original tale.”
The Times

“An absolute pleasure . . . assured, quietly gripping, surprising and educative, with a terrific central character, it pins down the precarious nature of life in 16th-century England.”
The Daily Mail --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Victoria Glendinning is an award-winning biographer, critic, broadcaster, and novelist. Educated at Oxford where she studied modern languages, she later worked for The Times Literary Supplement. She is an Honorary Vice-President of English PEN and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature. Her acclaimed biographies include Elizabeth Bowen: Portrait of a Writer and Edith Sitwell: A Unicorn Among Lions, which won both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography, and Rebecca West: A Life. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07MXF4QLK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The Overlook Press (June 19, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 19, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3928 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 345 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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