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Fat and fifty, educated only to be a wife and mother, Ruby Constad has reached a point of crisis. Her husband, Leon, lies in a nursing home after a stroke that has left him paralysed; her grown-up children are gone. In her anguish Ruby appeals for help to a half-remembered figure from her colonial Indian girlhood - Sister Benedicta. Gradually the events leading up to Leon's stroke are revealed and a woman emerges whose capacity to love, hope and understand are far greater than she realises.
Rose Tremain's work has been translated into fourteen languages. She has won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country), the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award (Restoration, also shortlisted for the Booker Prize) , the Dylan Thomas Short Story Award (The Colonel's Daughter), the Giles Cooper Award (for the radio play Temporary Shelter) and the Angel Literary Award (twice). Her bestselling historical novel Restoration was made into a film in 1995. She is also the author of The Way I Found Her and most recently Music & Silence. Rose Tremain lives in Norfolk with the biographer, Richard Holmes.