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'Funny, sad and intensely moving, it is a joy to read from beginning to end' Auberon Waugh

From the author of The Gustav Sonata

Fat and fifty, educated only to be a wife and mother, Ruby Constad has reached a point of crisis. Her husband, Leon, lies in a nursing home after a stroke that has left him paralysed; her grown-up children are gone. In her anguish Ruby appeals for help to a half-remembered figure from her colonial Indian girlhood - Sister Benedicta. Gradually the events leading up to Leon's stroke are revealed and a woman emerges whose capacity to love, hope and understand are far greater than she realises.

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Reviews

The fact that Ruby Constad emerges so strong and devoid of self-pity makes her one of the most generous and complete of modern heroines

The Times

An original talent clears the hurdle of a second novel with pathos and humour

Guardian

Miss Tremain does something to restore my confidence in the vitality of the English novel... Letter to Sister Benedicta should be seen as a triumph of the human spirit over the afflictions which beset us

Auberon Waugh

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Formats & editions

Also by Rose Tremain

Restoration (Vintage Past)
The Gustav Sonata
The American Lover
Merivel
Evangelista's Fan (Storycuts)
How It Stacks Up (Storycuts)
The Darkness of Wallis Simpson (Storycuts)
Peerless (Storycuts)
Trespass
Restoration
The Road Home
The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson
The Swimming Pool Season
The Garden Of The Villa Mollini
The Colour
Sacred Country
Music & Silence
Evangelista's Fan
Sadler's Birthday
The Colonel's Daughter
The Cupboard
The Way I Found Her

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