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The Cleaner of Chartres

The Cleaner of Chartres

Vickers, Salley

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'A lovely book . . . wise at heart and filled with colourful characters' Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat

A beautifully beguiling new novel from Salley Vickers, author of the bestselling Miss Garnet's Angel and winner of the 2007 IMPAC Dublin award.

There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres, with its mismatched spires and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agns Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.

No one quite knows where she came from - not the diffident Abb Paul, who discovered her one morning twenty years ago, sleeping in the north porch; nor lonely Professor Jones, who pays her to tidy his chaotic house; nor Philippe Nevers, whose baby nephew she cares for. And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways.

But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agns' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the local gossips. As the rumours grow uglier daily, Agns is forced to confront her history and the mystery her origins finally unfolds.

The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light; of traumatic loss and second chances. Told with a beguiling charm and wit, infused throughout with painful emotional truths, it speaks of the transformative power of love and mercy.

'Salley Vickers is a novelist whose imaginative journey always promises magic and mystery. The Cleaner of Chartres shows her on top form in a rich weave of loss and redemption spiked with Ms Vickers' irrepressible wit' Robert McCrum, Observer

'With its subtle combination of explorations of faith and love, The Cleaner of Chartres is somet...

Additional Information

Author:   Vickers, Salley

ISBN:   024196332X

ISBN 13:   9780241963326

Publisher:   Penguin

About the Author

About the author

Author:  Vickers, Salley

Author Description:  Salley Vickers is the author of the bestselling 'Miss Garnet's Angel', 'Instances of the Number 3' and 'Mr Golightly's Holiday'. She has worked as a university teacher of literature and a psychoanalyst. She now writes full time.