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Frost In May

Antonia White


Frost in May is the novel which launched the Virago Modern Classics list. Published as part of a beautifully designed series to mark the 40th anniversary of the Virago Modern Classics.
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"She has put us on notice that we talk about race by not talking about it"

The Guardian

<p><b><i>'Frost in May</i> is the unsurpassed novel of convent school life. This story of a clash between a determined young girl and an authoritarian regime is both perceptive and painfully emotional, convincing in every detail' - Hermione Lee, <i>Observer</i></b></p><p><b><i>With a new introduction by Tessa Hadley</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br />Nanda Gray, the daughter of a Catholic convert, is nine when she is sent to the Convent of Five Wounds. Quick-witted, resilient and eager to please, she accepts this closed world where, with all the enthusiasm of the outsider, her desires and passions become only those the school permits. Her only deviation from total obedience is the passionate friendships she makes.</p><p>Convent life is perfectly captured - the smell of beeswax and incense; the petty cruelties of the nuns; the eccentricities of Nanda's school friends.</p><p><b>Books in the VMC 40th anniversary series include: <i>Frost in May</i> by Antonia White; <i>The Collected Stories of Grace Paley</i>; <i>Fire from Heaven</i> by Mary Renault; <i>The Magic Toyshop</i> by Angela Carter; <i>The Weather in the Streets </i>by Rosamond Lehmann; <i>Deep Water</i> by Patricia Highsmith; <i>The Return of the Soldier</i> by Rebecca West; <i>Their Eyes Were Watching God</i> by Zora Neale Hurston; <i>Heartburn</i> by Nora Ephron; <i>The Dud Avocado</i> by Elaine Dundy; <i>Memento Mori </i>by Muriel Spark; <i>A View of the Harbour</i> by Elizabeth Taylor and <i>Faces in the Water</i> by Janet Frame</b></p>
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Book publisherLittle, Brown Book Group
Publication date3 May 2018
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