The return of Margaret Cowper, a woman from medieval times, in the form of a beautiful and enigmatic young stranger changes everything in the East Anglian village of Burthorpe. Secrets emerge, affairs are uncovered, the illusion of rural peace is shattered. Is Margaret an angel of death or a harbinger of love? This darkly comic novel takes the ghost story into a new and distinctly contemporary territory.
Hectically enjoyable fantasy..Farcical events suddenly give way to deeply sinister themes, which are then subverted with equal literary felicity, by sexual flights of fancy.
– New Statesman
Amusing, intelligent and emotionally true.
– Times Literary Supplement
Not since First Light by Peter Ackroyd.has a comic novel sustained its novelty so acutely, while linking past and present, the terrestrial and the ethereal, the lyrical and the metaphysical aspects of life in quintessential England.
– Scotland on Sunday
A book almost impossible to put down once you start reading it.
– Writers News