Fans of Sarah Moss's writing - and I am most certainly one - will be very glad to know that she has a new novel out:
"Bodies of Light tells of the coming together and falling apart of a family of idealists in Victorian Manchester. Ally's father paints beautiful women while her evangelical mother visits the slums and campaigns against child prostitution, teaching Ally and her sister May [Moberley] to live for others. While May likes to pose for the artists in her father's circle, Ally devotes herself to her mother's ambitions, working hard to join the first generation of female doctors. But bitterness and tragedy divide the family, and Ally leaves home to escape the subtle terrors of her childhood and begin a new life in London.
Bodies of Light is a profound and provocative book about family and a radically modern novel with a 19th. century setting. It is a gripping story told with rare precision and tenderness."
Readers of Sarah's last novel, the splendid Night Waking, will recall the character of May Moberley from that book; Sarah's fourth novel, which is in progress, continues the story.
Cover illustration is by Timorous Beasties.