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Now a major BBC drama starring Gemma Arterton.

High in the Himalayas near Darjeeling, the old mountaintop palace shines like a jewel. When it was the General's 'harem' palace, richly dressed ladies wandered the windswept terraces; at night, music floated out over the villages and gorges. Now, the General's son has bestowed it on an order of nuns, the Sisters of Mary. 

Well-intentioned yet misguided, the nuns set about taming the gardens and opening a school and dispensary for the villagers. They are dependent on the local English agent of Empire, Mr Dean; but his charm and insolent candour are disconcerting. And the implacable emptiness of the mountain, the ceaseless winds, exact a toll on the Sisters. 

When Mr Dean says bluntly, 'This is no place for a nunnery,' it is as if he foresees their destiny.

©1939 The Rumer Godden Literary Trust (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing

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A bit too much madness

Found it all a bit too much madness going on- felt my head swimming myself!

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  • 08-09-18

Stunning!

It is a travesty that this book is not more famous. It’s an amazing book of culture clash, of pride and frailty, and of the powers of religion, history and nature. Plus it’s really gripping as a story. It breaks my heart that this is the only Rumor Godden on Audible. Jilly Bond is a real phenomenon. Each voice was unique and perfectly fit the character. In the narrative parts, she brilliantly expresses the atmosphere that is possibly the main character in the book. I am off now to see what else she has narrated!

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