Faber Members get 10% off their first order

The Rapture

Claire McGlasson

As captivating as The Girls, with the vibrancy of The Miniaturist, this riveting novel is based on a true story…

18 in stock

Date Published
All orders are sent via Royal Mail and are tracked: choose from standard or premium delivery.

‘Poignant’ Sunday Times
‘Gripping.’ Metro
‘Fascinating.’ The Times
‘Enrapturing.’ Red Magazine

Miss Dilys Barltrop is a devoted member of The Panacea Society, a cult populated almost entirely by virtuous single women.

When she strikes up a friendship with Grace – a new recruit – God finally seems to be smiling upon her. But Dilys is wary of her leader’s zealotry, and fearful of those who watch her every move, hoping for a sign of the deep and terrible failings she struggles to keep hidden. Faith is supplanted by doubt, and as both women come to question what is true and fear what is real, Dilys will have to learn the true cost of absolute devotion…

Critic Reviews

A remarkable story, remarkably told. Peppered with deft one-liners, sharp observations and eccentric characters who feel real. To read The Rapture is to immerse yourself in a complete and curious world where internal passions meet external appearances. I loved it. Claire McGlasson is a brave and brilliant new voice in fiction.

Jess Kidd, author of HIMSELF and THINGS IN JARS
Critic Reviews

An extremely accomplished debut. I was absolutely fascinated by all the details about The Panacea Society... the narrative voice of Dilys drives the plot beautifully and it is impossible not to feel her fear, joy and anguish. I found Claire’s story gripping, unsettling and ultimately extremely moving. It is a tale beautifully and sensitively told that continues to haunt me.

Ruth Hogan, author of THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS
Critic Reviews

Intriguing [and] fascinating… impressive.

The Times
Critic Reviews

Poignant and compelling... made all the more remarkable for being rooted in fact. Claire McGlasson portrays beautifully Dilys' struggle to reconcile her newly awakened thoughts and feelings with the beliefs instilled in her by those she has always trusted. In peering into the claustrophobic world of The Panacea Society, we're forced to consider the relationship between dreams and reality; love and obsession; and blind faith and madness. This is a story that will stay with me.

Sarah Haywood, author of THE CACTUS
Critic Reviews

McGlasson has built a compelling portrait of a group of vulnerable souls, devastated by loss and war, looking for a truth that they can believe in… A powerful and thought provoking piece of work… it seeps into your soul.

Book Bound
Critic Reviews


Savidge Reads

Claire McGlasson is a journalist who works for ITV News and enjoys the variety of life on the road with a TV camera. She lives in Cambridgeshire. Claire McGlasson’s first novel, The Rapture, was a Sunday Times Book of the Year and shortlisted for the London Magazine Debut Prize for Outstanding Literary Fiction.

Read More