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The Translation of the Bones
by Francesca Kay

RRP €11.35

The Translation of the Bones
by Author Name Francesca Kay

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List Price:11.35
Format: Paperback, 224 x 130 x 17mm, 240pp
Publication date: 16 Aug 2012
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
ISBN-13: 9781780220147


In a church in Battersea, Mary-Margaret O'Reilly sees blood on her hands and believes she has witnessed a miracle. The consequences are both profound and devastating - not just for her but for others, too: Father Diamond, the parish priest, struggling with his own faith. Stella, adrift in her marriage and aching for her ten-year old son, away at boarding school. Alice, counting the days until her soldier son comes home. And Mary-Margaret's mother, imprisoned in a tower block with nothing but her thoughts for company...


An intense and penetrating exploration of power, isolation, community and faith -- Charlotte Vowden DAILY EXPRESS 20120810 Kay leads us out to sea in calm waters and then leaves us to battle the waves where religion is by turns a prop, powerful, life-affirming and damaging. -- Alyson Rudd THE TIMES 20120825 This delicate second novel from the talented writer centres on an unhappily married mother and explores unexpected questions about the dangers and consolations of faith. METRO 20120829 Kay's superbly intelligent literary novel examines faith and delusion in luminous prose. THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH SEVEN Magazine 20120902 compelling for anyone interested in how and why religion does or does not work, and the abuses committed in the name of faith. -- Ruth Gledhill THE TIMES 20120901 Francesca Kay's power lies in the shock of deliberate understatement. Her narrative is underpinned by compassion, even when at its most appalling. THE TIMES 20120902 This is a fine work from an accomplished author, and its treatment of the thorny subject of religious fervour is well done. THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST 20120826 With its fine-grained pattern of voices, its relish for the jostlings of inner-city life and its tender lyricism, the novel offers insight and uplift but no mystical schmaltz. THE INDEPENDENT 20120908 The author marries acute observation of character and place to a mastery of the silent spaces in which dwell hope and, sometimes, its absence. -- Andrew Norfolk THE TIMES 20120908 Elegant and perfectly paced... written with great sensitivity and intelligence. THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE 20121101 That feeling of local magic and mystery has been artfully captured. ABSOLUTELY BATTERSEA & CLAPHAM 20121101