1. An interview with Margaret on BBC Radio Norfolk

    4 months ago

  2. The Greening is a bold and searching exploration and it deserves a wide readership.
    – Lord Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

    5 months ago

  3. A debut novel inspired by the writings of the mystic Julian of Norwich. It follows a modern day reporter who is moved by a 14th-century account of a meeting with the mystic. A sub-plot involving a government scandal overcomplicates things but, with a cleanly journalistic narrative style, it’s a compulsive read.
    The Daily Telegraph

    10 months ago

  4. Listen to Margaret reading from The Greening on BBC Radio Gloucester

    1 year ago

  5. Margaret Coles talks to Hardeep Singh Kohli on BBC Radio 2.

    1 year ago

  6. imageThe Greening is a spiritual novel set in the present day and inspired by the teachings of Julian of Norwich. Joanna, a newspaper journalist with an unforgiving boss and a complicated love life, discovers a mysterious journal. The journal details a life-changing encounter with Julian, whose devotion to truth stirs Joanna, recalling her own, neglected ambition to pursue the truth through her reporting.

    Still, Julian of Norwich is from an alien world - can Joanna believe the promise that suffering can lead to peace and contentment? Feeling that only the journal’s author can answer her questions, Joanna sets off to find her.


    The Greening is £8.99 in print and £2.99 in ebook formats. Follow the links below to order your copy:

    Hay House (paperback) | Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | iBooks


    Click here to hear Margaret Coles talk to the BBC’s Woman’s Hour about Julian of Norwich.


    Read Margaret’s article  about Julian of Norwich in The Times (11 May 2013)

  7. An interview with Margaret Coles

    What is it about Julian of Norwich that inspires you?

    Julian inspires me because she was so courageous and so unwavering in her dedication to her mission. She took a great risk in writing her book. She lived under the absolute authority, both spiritual and temporal, of Henry Despenser, the Bishop of Norwich. Known as the ‘Battling Bishop’, he was a brutal man and a clever politician who had the gift of turning even dire circumstances to his advantage. Despenser was selling indulgences - documents guaranteed to relieve the purchaser of serving time in purgatory - to finance his activities in the Crusades; if Julian’s revelation of God’s unconditional forgiveness had been made public it would have seriously compromised his trade. Julian needed to be clever enough to hide her cleverness and to appear to submit to Despenser’s will. This she evidently did.

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