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The Cleaner of Chartres By Salley Vickers

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The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

A beautiful, beguiling novel from the bestselling author of The Librarian and Grandmothers

'A lovely book . . . wise at heart and filled with colourful characters' Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat

A compelling story of darkness and light, of traumatic loss and second chances, The Cleaner of Chartres tells of the mysterious and elusive Agnes Morel whose little acts of kindness around a rural French cathedral touch the lives of others with consequences both good and ill. But when her tragic past is exposed, Agnes must face up to the truth of her origins.

'Salley Vickers sees with a clear eye and writes with a light hand and she knows how the world works. She's a presence worth cherishing' Philip Pullman

'A rich weave of loss and redemption . . . magic and mystery' Observer, Book of the Year

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The Cleaner of Chartres Reviews

Salley Vickers sees with a clear eye and writes with a light hand and she knows how the world works. She's a presence worth cherishing * Philip Pullman *
Beautifully and brilliantly controlled. A triumph * John Julius Norwich on Miss Garnet's Angel *
Reveals itself as a surprising exploration of the mysteries of imagination and faith -- Joanna Trollope * Book of the Year, Daily Telegraph on Miss Garnet's Angel *
Subtle and utterly joyous...a contemporary moral and psychological drama every bit as absorbing as Miss Garnet's Angel * Sunday Times *
The Cleaner of Chartres is a return to form * Sunday Express *
The Cleaner of Chartres touches lightly on the seedy side of human nature * Observer *
A magical and at times sinister story about love, loss, secrets and forgiveness...with Chocolat-type charm * Scotland on Sunday *
If you're looking for a book to take you by surprise, Salley Vickers' latest is the perfect choice * Psychologies *

About Salley Vickers

Salley Vickers is the author of many acclaimed novels including the best-selling Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and The Cleaner of Chartres (Viking 2012) and two short story collections, the latest The Boy Who Could See Death (Viking 2015). She has worked as a cleaner, a dancer, a teacher of children with special needs, a university lecturer and a psychoanalyst. She now writes and lectures full time. Find out more at or @SalleyVickers.

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The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers
Salley Vickers
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