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The Rapture by Claire McGlasson

Welcome to The Panacea Society, a terribly English cult...

The Basement at Bunyan, Bedford

Thursday 22nd August, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers

19.99

About the Event

Dilys is a devoted member of The Panacea Society, populated almost entirely by virtuous single ladies.

When she strikes up a friendship with Grace, a new recruit, God finally seems to be smiling upon her. The friends become closer as they wait for the Lord to return to their very own Garden of Eden, and Dilys feels she has found the right path at last.

But Dilys is wary of their leader's zealotry and suspicious of those who would seem to influence her for their own ends. As her feelings for Grace bud and bloom, the Society around her begins to crumble. Faith is supplanted by doubt as both women come to question what is true and fear what is real...

Meet Claire McGlasson, ITV journalist and debut author, as she takes us into Dilys' world, a world familiar to lots of us who live in Bedford and have grown up with the story of The Panacea Society, a milenarian religious group founded in our town 100 years ago.

We are delighted to hold this event at The Basement at Bunyan, a location that features in the story. Ticket price includes a copy of the beautiful hardback book, which Claire will be signing on the night.

Venue Information

The Basement at Bunyan
Bunyan Meeting Church
Castle Lane
Bedford
MK40 3EU
United Kingdom

About the Book

The Rapture
The Rapture

Claire McGlasson

Publisher:Faber & Faber

Publication date:6 Jun 2019

ISBN:9780571345175

3.89 out of 5
4 reviews
"The Panacea Society was bent on creating a world run by women. It’s an intriguing setting for a thriller"
The Times
"[a] fine debut"
The Sunday Times
"Claire McGlasson’s debut novel maps out the intriguing world of the Panacea Society"
Irish Times
"Earthly longing is refracted into spiritual fervour in this clever fact-based debut about a genteel English cult"
The Guardian

The friends become intimate as they wait together for the Lord to return to their very own Garden of Eden and to begin with the signs all seem to signal that finally Dilys has found the right path. But Dilys is wary of their leader's zealotry and suspicious of those who would seem to influence her to their own end.