Ally is intelligent, studious, and engaged in an eternal battle to gain her mother’s approval and affection. Her mother is a religious zealot, keener on feeding the poor and saving prostitutes than on embracing the challenges of motherhood. Even when Ally is accepted as one of the first female students to read medicine in London, it still doesn’t seem good enough.
The first in a two-book sequence, Bodies of Light is a poignant tale of a psychologically tumultuous 19th-century upbringing set in the world of Pre-Raphaelitism and the early suffrage movement.
"Moss produces well-crafted, deeply researched, hard-working novels about hard-working women" (Guardian)
"A poignant, well-written tale of a woman's attempts to escape the powerful chains of family" (Sunday Times)
"The award-winning author of Night Waking is back with an historical novel" (Diva)
"Thought-provoking and illuminating... this meticulously researched novel offers an intriguing portrait of Victorian society" (Daily Mail)
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The early days of female doctors.