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  • Published: 7 March 1995
  • ISBN: 9780099478010
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $19.99

The Virgin In The Garden



Reissued with a beautiful new illustrative cover, the first Frederica Potter novel follows our heroine as she searches for freedom and begins a love affair

In Yorkshire, the Potter family are preparing to celebrate Elizabeth II's arrival on the throne. Its three youngest members, however, are preoccupied with other matters. Stephanie has grown tired of their overbearing father and resolves to marry the local curate. Anxious teenager Marcus gains a new teacher and suffers increasingly disturbing visions. Then there is Frederica. On the brink of adulthood, a love affair with a young playwright may offer the freedom she desperately desires.

THE FIRST FREDERICA POTTER NOVEL

  • Published: 7 March 1995
  • ISBN: 9780099478010
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

A S Byatt

A.S. Byatt is a novelist, short-story writer and critic of international renown. Her novels include Possession (winner of the Booker Prize 1990), the Frederica Quartet and The Children’s Book, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999, and was awarded the Erasmus Prize 2016 for her ‘inspiring contribution to life writing’ and the Pak Kyongni Prize 2017. In 2018 she received the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award.

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Praise for The Virgin In The Garden

Large, complex, ambitious, humming with energy and ideas... A remarkable achievement

Iris Murdoch

Comic, well plotted, immensely touching... Gaudy excitement and splendour

The Times

One to be reckoned with. It cannot be glibly praised or readily dismissed; it is, massively, there, and demands serious consideration

Financial Times

An ambitious novel [whose] narrative everywhere displays knowledge and intelligence

Times Literary Supplement

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