Carol Middleton reviews 'The Anchoress' by Robyn Cadwallader

Carol Middleton reviews 'The Anchoress' by Robyn Cadwallader

The Anchoress

by by Robyn Cadwallader

Fourth Estate, $29.99 pb, 312 pp, 9780732299217

This début novel by poet and author Robyn Cadwallader has its genesis in her PhD thesis on attitudes to virginity in the Middle Ages. Set in England in 1255, it is the story of Sarah, an anchoress or religious recluse, who chooses to be shut into a stone cell, measuring seven by nine paces, for life. She is seventeen.

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Carol Middleton

Carol Middleton

Carol Middleton is a journalist, arts critic and author, based in Melbourne. Her short story awards include second place in The Age competition 2010. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in the anthologies Melbourne Subjective, Ink3 and Vine Leaves Literary Journal. She is working on a memoir in essays. Her work can be seen at

Published in March 2015, no. 369

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