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The Greening: What if a Book Could Answer All Your Deepest Questions... if You Were Willing to Risk Everything? [Paperback]

Margaret Coles
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23 April 2013

Joanna, a Fleet Street journalist, chances upon the journal of the mysterious Anna Leigh. She is moved by Anna's compelling confessional about her life-changing encounter with Julian of Norwich - an extraordinary woman from another age, who risked death at the stake to write a secret manuscript revealing the truth entrusted to her.

Joanna becomes captivated by Julian, remembering her own neglected ambition to pursue the truth at all costs. But Julian is from an alien world - can Joanna believe her promise that pain and suffering can lead to peace and happiness? Anna has the answer, but Joanna can find no trace of her.

Joanna's conscience is tested and she is put in danger when confronted by a terrible choice. Does she save her career by smearing a whistle-blower who has exposed a government scandal in which her lover may be implicated? Dare she risk all she holds dear to capture the greatest treasure of all?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (23 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781801134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781801130
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compulsive read. (The Daily Telegraph)

This is a good book for someone who enjoys learning about the past through the prism of a present-day story. (Daily Mail)

Written by an ex-journalist, this pacy story explores the intriguing world of journalism, a much-debated area with the recent and ongoing media phone-hacking scandals here in the UK and worldwide. A fascinating story which spans three generations and holds a timeless message of importance, sure to be popular with the many followers of Julian of Norwich. (Guardian Bookshop)

By reading this book, which uses a modern-day fictional narrative to tell the story of a journalist being put to the test in her private and public life, you will gain a much better insight into this remarkable woman and herspirituality... But don't worry, author and journalist Margaret Coles weaves her tale so skilfully that you will find your curiosity about Julian being piqued without you even realising it. (Eastern Daily Press)

If you are looking for a great summer read, this captivating novel combines the best of all worlds, with political intrigue, romance, mystery and spiritual solace all beautifully woven together to create a deeply satisfying storyline. (Cygnus Review)

A thoroughly entertaining and well-written spiritual story. (YOGA magazine)

A remarkable novel (Church of England Newspaper)

It would make good summer reading: something a bit different. (Julian of Norwich Meeting Groups magazine)

The Greening is a work of fiction and, at the same time, a self-help manual, tinged with a soft spirituality. (Church Times)

Former journalist Margaret Coles's debut novel is a love story, a detective tale and mystery partly inspired by a 14th century mystic, the first woman to write a book in the English language. (The Irish News)

About the Author

Margaret Coles is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She was a television and radio reporter and presenter at the BBC, where she worked on the flagship news programme Today, The World At One, PM, Woman's Hour and Newsnight. At the World Service she presented current affairs, science and arts programmes. Subsequently she was for several years a business columnist at The Sunday Times.

Margaret now writes for the theatre, her first love, where she began her career as an actress.

Her stage plays include Senghenydd, the story of Britain's biggest mining disaster, first performed at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, and The Queen's Fool - about a young Elizabeth I and her woman fool - co-written with Susan Evans and first performed at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells. She also has a media consultancy, lectures journalism students, gives talks at conferences and business clubs and runs creative writing and storytelling workshops.

Margaret's leisure hours are occupied by family, friends, theatre, choral singing, hill walking, reading and enjoying her garden.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars profound 30 July 2013
By martin
The Greening is one of those rare books that immediately connects on a deeper level as well as being a good story that demands to be picked up and read at every opportunity.It left me with an inner searching long after I had finished it,and continues to do so.At some point I will visit norwich and walk where Julian of norwich walked.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greening 12 May 2013
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I read this book possibly too quickly, half of it while sitting almost in the shadow of Norwich Cathedral itself and within a ten or so minute walk to Dame Julian's cell.
For a long time fan of Julian and her spirituality, this was a very enjoyable novel. It managed to avoid the almost inevitable didactic tone I'd feared it might slip into and there was a good balance between historical explanation and exploration of the relevance of Julian's words today.
My only criticism worth sharing is that for someone who comes to this book without any sympathy towards a faith-based world view, there is a risk that the 'coincidences' that the plot relies upon may seem implausible enough to make the story appear too contrived. For those with an open mind or an active faith of some kind, these 'coincidences' add to the central themes of the book and strengthen the concept that nothing happens entirely by chance.
I also confess that the finding of a mysterious journal appealed enormously to me, given that this is one of my own dreams. It's an intriguing start to an agreeable and uplifting read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a powerful story! 4 Aug 2013
By Teresa
Format:Kindle Edition
This first class narrative engaged me in an intriguing portrayal of the heroine's very human life. It also held me at a deep level which I loved as it gave me a chance to look at and question my own beliefs and expand my own understanding.
A book that can be enjoyed on many levels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, Intriguing and comforting 2 Oct 2013
By Helen
I enjoyed reading The Greening on many different levels. I loved the idea of finding someone's journal and the creation of a book within a book. As the character Joanna kept being pulled back to Anna's Journal, I felt the same pull and intrigue into both their lives, picking up the book whenever I could.
The Greening portrays our human frailty and vulnerability with the constant reassurance from Julian's gentle message that the love we all seek is there....
I found like the characters in the book that Julian's message came to me at a time when I most needed it and felt very involved in their journey, insights and realisations as I travelled my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book 30 Jan 2014
I don't often read fiction books but this was a really good read and very insightful; filled with spiritual insights. It was the first book in along time that really captured my attention, I really looked forward to picking it up again and read it in a few days. A little niggle was feeling that the latter part of the present day story was slightly more rushed than the beginning of it, but it didn't effect my enjoyment and was probably because I was enjoying it so much that I wanted that part fleshed out a bit more. All in all, a great read and highly recommended. I am looking forward to reading more about Julian of Norwich after this introduction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Julian of Norwich 26 Sep 2013
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This novel is almost three books in one. The beginning is about Joanna the reporter who finds a mysterious journal belonging to a woman calling herself Anna Leigh, who is concerned with the life and work of Julian of Norwich who is a fascinating woman from the Middle Ages.
The heart of the story is really quite spiritual. The ideas and beliefs of this remarkable woman, Julian of Norwich.
At the same time there is a lot of information and informed writing on Current Affairs of the late twentieth century, no doubt informed by the author's previous work in the media world of News, both Print and TV.
I really enjoyed both of these aspects a great deal. In fact I have made many notes in my copy of the book to come back to and reread.
The only problem I had was the actual characters of Joanna and Anna. Both seemed to me to rather flat and one dimensional. I don't mean to be harsh but in a novel that delves into a belief system exploring the positive side of suffering, I couldn't help but see how both these characters actually had very uncomplicated lives. The story does bring in the suffering of an adult bereavement and the suffering of the oppressed poor in other parts of the world so I am not meaning to be judgemental. It's just that the two main characters had very straightforward lives. Not even money problems or children or serious illness, all of which can really complicate things.
The journal was written in a way I didn't believe in, it seemed to be written to be read rather than an outpouring. And why was it published?

So I did enjoy the book but in the end not as much as I thought I would.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy must read 6 Jun 2013
Five very big stars for this brillant novel. Its a must buy must read book. The Greening by Margaret Coles is so good that it eeds wide spread media attention in all book magazines and newspapers. All book shops should be putting this novel on top of the list as a must read. All book shops should be displaying The Greening in their windows and selling it. The story is about Joanna a journalist for Trans global media coroporation when she gets told that a mole from the foreign office has lied about an arms deal. The mole has a secret illegitiment chils and thats what Trans global media Coroporation want Joanna to interview Dr Newell about. Joanna goes to The Antiquarian book shop in Charing Cross Road to buy a book of a Policical biography of a nineteenth centry life of Disraeli as apresent. By chance Joanna stumbles upon a book with a burgundy leather cover and a silver clasp called Anna Liegh's Journal, that is full of a diary of personal confessions. Joanna starts to read the Journal and sets out to find out more about Anna Leigh's life. More of my book revies are on ireadnovels wordpress com. Happy reading to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mystery with a difference
Its the sort of book I like its spiritual and a mystery all rolled into one it got me thinking
Published 15 days ago by Heather Holmes
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
did not find any answers here. story was convoluted, confusing and boring. could not get past the first 100 pages before flicking through to read an even more boring ending.
Published 16 days ago by christine gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars long winded
I liked some aspects of book but found a large part of it very boring. I did read to the end.
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This had all the elements of a good read with spiritual philosophy thrown in for good measure, although not so overt as to be overwhelming. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jenny - Healer
3.0 out of 5 stars Actually there should be a rating for 'stop sending review' requests...
Actually there should be a rating for 'stop sending review' requests for books 30 seconds (OK maybe 2 minutes) after I have downloaded it - I haven't had time to read it - if I had... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tam
1.0 out of 5 stars Based on reading approximately a tenth of this book. The opportunity...
Where to begin? Oh yes, not here and not with this book! Julian of Norwich is a mystical figure and, apparently, something of a great female figure in British history. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good idea, but...
I heard about this book when Steve Wright interviewed the author on BBC Radio 2 and thought it sounded an intriguing read. I was wrong! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vickijo
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing
I heard the author speaking about this book on the radio. Having always loved the writings of Saint Julian of Norwich I decided to read it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and unusual
The Greening.... is a very unusual book.
It combines modern day romance, elements of political thriller, a hefty dose of ideological concern and the search for God by three... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MRS C M HARRIS
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
Even though I am an atheist, I found the theology of this book interesting as it tends towards universal salvation, which means there's a chance for me yet, to get into heaven, if... Read more
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