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‘A remarkable story, remarkably told… I loved it. Claire McGlasson is a brave and brilliant new voice in fiction.’ Jess Kidd, author of Himself and Things in Jars
‘Gripping, unsettling and ultimately extremely moving. It is a tale beautifully and sensitively told that continues to haunt me.’ Ruth Hogan Sunday Times bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things
Welcome to the Panacea Society, a terribly English cult…
Dilys is a devoted member of The Panacea Society, populated almost entirely by virtuous single ladies.
When she strikes up a friendship with Grace, a new recruit, God finally seems to be smiling upon her. The friends become closer as they wait for the Lord to return to their very own Garden of Eden, and Dilys feels she has found the right path at last.
But Dilys is wary of their leader’s zealotry and suspicious of those who would seem to influence her for their own ends. As her feelings for Grace bud and bloom, the Society around her begins to crumble. Faith is supplanted by doubt as both women come to question what is true and fear what is real.
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.
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.
Intriguing [and] fascinating… impressive.
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.
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.
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