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

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

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. Twenty years ago, during the French Occupation of WW II, ascetic Antoinette Martin of Normandy became pregnant and was forced to give up her dream of becoming a nun. Read full book review >