By Mabli Roberts
Kate Marsden: nurse, intrepid adventurer, saviour of the lepers… or … devious manipulator, immoral and dishonest?
As she lies on her deathbed visited by the ghosts of her past, who should we believe, Kate or those who accuse her of duplicity?
Memory is a fickle thing: recollections may be frozen in time or distorted by the mirror of wishful thinking. Kate’s own story is one of incredible achievements, illicit love affairs and desperate longing; those of her accusers paint a very different portrait – of a woman determined on fame and fortune.
The reader navigates a narrative as fractured as the Siberian ice Kate crosses in search of a cure for leprosy, and as beautiful as Rose, her lost love, as the full picture of a life lived when women were not expected to break the mould emerges.
“A moving and memorable bringing-to-life of a historical character as fascinating for her human complexity as her adventurous deeds. A story that lingers with you long after the last page.” Felicity Aston, MBE, polar explorer
"The writing is quite wonderful... exceptionally vivid and filled with atmospheric detail... This was such a special book – its reading an experience I found quite unforgettable, and one I’d highly recommend. Without question, this was one of my books of the year." Anne Williams, BeingAnne
"A deeply fascinating, lyrical tale of a real-life nursing adventuress whose life was extraordinary, and whose narrative voice is as sharp and mesmerising as the Siberian landscape the protagonist worked in." LoveReading
"...a fascinating account of the life of a pioneering woman." Sally Zigmond, Historical Novel Society
"The core of the book is the arduous trek which sparkles with details so clear that you can almost see the landscapes, and feel the bumps as they are tossed about the sledge... 'God’s Children' is a great read. As you glide over the words you hardly notice the enormous wealth of well-placed detail which brings scenes vividly to life." Norena Shopland, Wales Arts Review
Categories: Fiction, Novels
First Published by Honno: 11th April 2019