Books by Michèle Roberts

Novelist and poet Michèle Roberts was born in Hertfordshire, England, on 20 May 1949 to a French Catholic mother and an English Protestant father. She was educated at a convent school before studying at Somerville College, Oxford, and University College,


IGNORANCE by Michèle Roberts
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A worthy novel unusual for its tough-minded, unsparing story and the restrained method of its telling."
This is a taut, unsentimental story of poverty and prejudice: two girls, one Catholic and the other a convert, grow up in a small town in Catholic France in the period before World War II. The war divides them from each other and their values. Read full book review >
THE SECRET GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Passionate, sensual, politically fervent and oddly compelling."
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. Read full book review >
READER, I MARRIED HIM by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Junk food for spiritually oriented intellectuals. "
Echoes of Brontë and du Maurier reverberate in this black comedy from prolific Franco-British novelist Roberts (The Mistressclass, 2003, etc.) about a thrice-widowed British woman visiting Italy. Read full book review >
THE MISTRESSCLASS by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2003

"Written with care and real affection for its characters, fictional and historical."
Though half-French, Roberts offers a distinctly British fiction—stoically understated and as concerned with passion for literature as with passion for people—about two sisters competing for one man's love. Read full book review >
BIRTHRIGHT by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Improbable plot is kept humming smoothly by Roberts (Midnight Bayou, 2001, etc.), whose fans oughta love it."
Archaeologist finds a lost tribe: hers. Read full book review >
THE LOOKING GLASS by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2001

"Nevertheless, a vividly imagined story that keeps nagging away at the corners of your mind. The Looking Glass is well worth peering into."
With wry wit and understated compassion, French-British author Roberts (Impossible Saints, 1998, etc.) studies the ironies of loving—and of truly knowing the hearts and minds of those whom one loves. Read full book review >
IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1998

"The Vatican will not be amused."
A curious and unaccountably redundant seventh novel from the English-French author of, most recently, the prize-winning Daughters of the House (1993). Read full book review >
DAUGHTERS OF THE HOUSE by Michèle Roberts
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 24, 1993

"Breathless and sinister but frustratingly opaque: the power of Roberts's novel lies in what remains unsaid."
 A 1992 Booker Prize finalist, this gothic sixth novel by a London author, poet, and playwright (The Visitation—not reviewed) plumbs the dark secrets left in a villa in Normandy by the Nazi officers who were once billeted there. Read full book review >