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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446450536
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

Letter To Sister Benedicta



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

ReissueFat and fity, 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 realizes.

  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446450536
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

About the author

Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain’s novels and short stories have been published in thirty countries and have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Dylan Thomas Award (The Colonel's Daughter and Other Stories), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence) and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Sacred Country). Her most recent novel, The Gustav Sonata, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. It won the National Jewish Book Award in the US, the South Bank Sky Arts Award in the UK and was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and a Dame in 2020. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.

www.rosetremain.co.uk

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Praise for Letter To Sister Benedicta

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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