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Cloistered Catherine Coldstream

Cloistered By Catherine Coldstream

Cloistered by Catherine Coldstream

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Cloistered: My Years as a Nun by Catherine Coldstream

After the shock of her father's death, and with her family scattered, twenty-four-year old Catherine was left grieving and alone. A search for meaning led her to Roman Catholicism and the nuns of Akenside Priory.

Cloistered takes us beyond the grille of an enclosed monastic world with its tight-knit community of dedicated women. We see Catherine, praying in the spareness of her simple cell, tilling the land or singing at Lauds, a novice who has found peace in an ancient way of life. But as she surrenders to her final vows, all is not as it seems behind the Priory's closed doors. Power struggles erupt, and the hothouse atmosphere turns to conflict - with far-reaching consequences for those within.

Catherine comes to realise that divine authority is mediated through flawed and all-too-human channels. She is faced with a dilemma: should she protect the serenity she has found, or speak out?

A love song to a lost community and an honest account of her twelve years in the Order, Cloistered explores what is most nourishing, and yet most potentially destructive, when human beings, even with the best intentions, cut themselves off from the wider world.

Cloistered Reviews

'This incredibly beautiful and moving book is for all of us' * Carmen Bugan, author of Burying the Typewriter *

About Catherine Coldstream

Catherine Coldstream was born in London, and grew up loving music, words, and books. After converting to Roman Catholicism in her twenties, she spent twelve years in a Carmelite monastery where she lived the largely silent life of a contemplative nun. Since then she has studied at the Universities of Oxford, East Anglia, and London, and taught theology, philosophy, and ethics in schools. Now based in Oxford, she is a keen amateur musician. The effects of her years as a nun have never left her and continue to inspire and inform her writing.

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Cloistered: My Years as a Nun by Catherine Coldstream
Used - Very Good
Vintage Publishing
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