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Author: Catherine Coldstream

Type: Hardback

ISBN: 9781784745059

Date: 7th March, 2024

Publisher: CHATTO & WINDUS

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  2. Sociology
  3. Memoirs
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'A profoundly moving memoir which gripped me' Mark Haddon Discover Catherine Coldstream's evocative account of life as a nun in the 1990s, and the dramatic events which led to her flight from the monastery. **A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK** After the shock of her father's death, twenty-four-year-old Catherine was left grieving and alone. A search for meaning led her to Roman Catholicism and the nuns of Akenside Priory. Here she found a tight-knit community of dedicated women and peace in an ancient way of life. But as she surrenders to her final vows, all is not as it seems behind the Priory's closed doors. Power struggles erupt - with far-reaching consequences for those within. Catherine comes to realise that divine authority is mediated through flawed and all-too-human channels. She is faced with a dilemma: should she protect the serenity she has found, or speak out? A love song to a lost community and an honest account of her twelve years in the Order, Cloistered is also a cautionary tale about what can happen when good people cut themselves off from the wider world. 'Immersive, beautifully observed' Katherine May ' I admired [Cloistered ] enormously' Sarah Perry 'An intense and often theatrical read' Financial Times

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