Bodies of Light
Family, Medicine, History
Published by Granta Books
From the acclaimed author of 'Night Waking' comes this beautiful and nuanced historical novel about maternal failures, sibling affection and the everyday savagery of the family...
Ally is intelligent, studious and engaged in an eternal – and losing – battle to gain her mother's approval and affection. Her mother, Elizabeth, is a religious zealot, keener on feeding the poor and saving prostitutes than on embracing the challenges of motherhood. Ally devotes herself to her mother's ambitions, working hard to join the first generation of female doctors. But bitterness and tragedy divide the family, and Ally leaves home to escape the subtle terrors of her childhood and begin a new life in London.
'Bodies of Light' is a profound and provocative book about family, and a radically modern novel with a 19th-century setting. It is a gripping story told with rare precision and tenderness.
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‘A powerful polemic… The writing is concise and powerful; colour coming from Moss’s language. The story ends with you wanting more’
‘Thought-provoking and illuminating… this meticulously researched novel offers an intriguing portrait of Victorian society’
‘A poignant, well-written tale of a woman’s attempts to escape the powerful chains of family’
‘Wise and tender… Moss’s style is measured and refined. A very accomplished piece of work’