The Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Michele Roberts

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"An assured tour de force of passion. The power with which it reclaims spiritual and sexual strength for women cannot be ignored."—Time Out London

In the parched soil of Provence, a fifth gospel has been discovered: Mary Magdalene's account of Jesus' teachings and her vital relationship with him. It is a book of revelation, for it unveils a new Christianity, one that embraces the female equally with the male and acknowledges-and celebrates-the spirituality of women. It is also a passionate story of love and loss, of separation and rebirth, centered on the Magdalene as the wellspring of womanhood.

In this dramatic tale Michele Roberts offers a brilliant and moving vision of Jesus that is also startlingly modern in its conclusions. Perhaps most importantly, it confirms her stature as one of the most talented and exciting writers of her generation.

About Michele Roberts

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Poet and novelist Michele Roberts was born in Hertfordshire, England and graduated from Oxford University. She has written two volumes of poetry (The Mirror of the Mother and Psyche and the Hurricane), a collection of short stories (During Mother's Absence) and several novels (including Daughters of the House, winner of the W. H. Smith Literary Award).
Published April 1, 2007 by Pegasus. 192 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A controversial early novel by a noted British writer, published in the U.S. for the first time, imagines a fifth and feminist gospel, written by Jesus’ lover, Mary Magdalene.

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Inspired by the Nag Hammadi gospels, Roberts (Reader, I Married Him) has imagined a Gnostic gospel according to Mary Magdalene.

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