The Convent

The Convent

by PanosKarnezis (Author)


Those whom God wishes to destroy he first makes mad...The crumbling convent of Our Lady of Mercy stands alone in an uninhabited part of the Spanish sierra, hidden on a hill among dense pine forest. Its inhabitants are devoted to God, to solitude and silence; six women cut off from the world they've chosen to leave behind. This is all to change, on the day that Mother Superior Maria Ines discovers a suitcase punctured with air-holes at the entrance to the retreat. Soon she is to find the box and its contents are to have consequences beyond her imagining, and that even in her carefully protected sanctuary she is unable to keep the world, or her past, at bay. The Convent is storytelling at its very best: enthralling, highly readable and wonderfully atmospheric.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Published: 07 Jan 2010

ISBN 10: 0224079344
ISBN 13: 9780224079341
Book Overview: A major new novel from one of our finest young writers, author of Little Infamies and The Maze

Author Bio
Panos Karnezis was born in Greece in 1967 and came to England in 1992. He studied engineering at Oxford and worked in industry before starting to write in English. He studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of Little Infamies, a collection of connected short stories set in a nameless Greek village, and two previous novels; The Maze, shortlisted for the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award and The Birthday Party. Panos Karnezis lives in London.