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  • Visionary leader, queer lover, 12th-century writer ... the life of Marie de France is triumphantly reimagined in an assertively modern novel about female ambition and creativity... a highly distinctive novel of great vigour and boldness. From mystical visions that may or may not be divine, to the earthy business of abbey pigs, diseases and account books, Groff does it all with purpose and panache

    Guardian
  • Groff's writing is muscular and precise, her themes wildly resonant. Women are dismissed and contained, subject to misogynist attacks and abuse, but gain power collectively - "alone, together". Shockingly, this message is as poignant today as it was, perhaps, 800 years ago

    Sunday Times
  • A dazzlingly clever tale . . . gorgeously precise prose, always elegantly weighted and perfectly economical

    The Times
  • Pitch-perfect

    Telegraph
  • This is a remarkable novel: unusual, profound, transcendental

    Evening Standard
  • It's a breathtaking novel

    Financial Times
  • A thrillingly vivid, adventurous story about women and power that will blow readers' minds. Left me gasping.

    Emma Donoghue
  • Luminous, divine, her masterpiece

    Daisy Johnson
  • An audacious piece of storytelling, full of passion, wisdom and magic

    Sarah Waters
  • How mesmerising can twelfth century nuns be, even in the hands of Lauren Groff? I had barely started it before I was bloody well blaspheming with delight. Matrix is a gorgeous, sensual, addictive read.

    Sara Collins

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