Names of the Women
‘Dazzling’ MARLON JAMES, BOOKER PRIZE WINNER
‘Original and thought-provoking’ SPECTATOR
‘Electrifying’ TESSA HADLEY
Under a predawn sky, humming with starlight and the songs of birds, a group of determined women return to the cave where they have laid the body of their saviour. When they arrive, it is empty.
Names of the Women tells the stories of fifteen women whose lives overlapped with the life of Christ. Women who stayed with Christ through the crucifixion, when his disciples had abandoned him, and who spread his radical message – one that made them equals and a profound threat to power within the church.
Together, the voices of the women dare us to reimagine the story of the New Testament in a way it has never before been told.
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Names of the Women is an extraordinary work of restoration, playful invention, and stark beauty. -- Chris Power Bold and compelling. -- Rebecca Abrams * Financial Times * Theologically well-informed, imaginative and affecting . . . This is a fascinating and beautiful book. You most certainly do not have to be either a Christian or a feminist to appreciate it. -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday * Achingly beautiful. Powerful, poetic and profoundly feminist. -- Jennifer Croft Jeet Thayil's Names of the Women enacts a long-overdue reinstating of female voices in the story of Jesus . . . -- Emily Watkins * i *
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