The Problem of Suffering & I, Julian by Claire Gilbert

This recently published fictionalised autobiography is, I suspect, an instant spiritual classic. It follows the life of the anchorite and mystic, Mother Julian of Norwich, related against the backdrop of the terrors of the 14th century, which some say was the worst in which to have lived.

Julian’s despair, illness, revelations and final conviction that “all will be well”, alongside other showings about the nature of God, are lucidly and compelling related by Claire Gilbert.

I can’t recommend the book enough, not only as an account of Julian’s life and thought, but as a presentation of a Christianity that is as rarely found now as then.