Dilys Baltrop is a member of English cult the Panacea Society, a group of women devoted to Joanna Southcott and her sealed box of prophecies. Dilys’s coming of age is plagued by anxiety and fear as she uncovers her repressed ambitions, and while friendship brings hope, escaping the claustrophobic realities of closed-off zealotry proves difficult. Combining real documents with a fictional narrative, the novel draws a fine line between faith and delusion. Strange and arresting, this debut is one to watch.
- Recommended by Natalie Winterlich, Dubray Head Office
'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 The Hoarder
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.