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The Cleaner of Chartres From the author of Miss Garnet s Angel, a story of the redemptive power of love and community in the famous French cathedral townThere is something very special about Agn s Morel A quiet presence in the small French town of Chartres, she can be found cleaning the famed medieval cathedral each morning and doing odd jobs for the townspeople No one knows where she came from or why Not Abb Paul, who discovered her one morning twenty years ago, sleeping on the north porch, and not Alain Fleury, the irreverent young restorer who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes and elusive manner She has transformed each of their lives in her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secret Agn s is hidingWhen an accidental encounter dredges up a series of tragic incidents from Agn s s youth, the nasty meddling of town gossips threatens to upend the woman s simple, peaceful life Her story reveals a terrible loss, a case of mistaken identity, and a cruel and violent act that haunts her past Agn s wrestles with her own sense of guilt and enduring heartbreak while the citizens piece together the truth about her life [KINDLE] ✽ I Blame The Scapegoats By John O& – 9facts.co.uk a story of the redemptive power of love and community in the famous French cathedral townThere is something very special about Agn s Morel A quiet presence in the small French town of Chartres ➠ [Epub] ➚ Beneath the Earth By John Boyne ➪ – 9facts.co.uk she can be found cleaning the famed medieval cathedral each morning and doing odd jobs for the townspeople No one knows where she came from or why Not Abb Paul ➶ [Read] ➲ Gagged By Richard Asplin ➾ – 9facts.co.uk who discovered her one morning twenty years ago ❴Download❵ ✤ Aristocrats Author Stella Tillyard – 9facts.co.uk sleeping on the north porch ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ A Dark and Twisted Tide (Lacey Flint, Author Sharon J. Bolton – 9facts.co.uk and not Alain Fleury [KINDLE] ✽ Wild Horses (Saddle Club, Author Bonnie Bryant – 9facts.co.uk the irreverent young restorer who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes and elusive manner She has transformed each of their lives in her own subtle way ❰Reading❯ ➺ At Sixes And Sevens Author Rosie Harris – 9facts.co.uk yet no one suspects the dark secret Agn s is hidingWhen an accidental encounter dredges up a series of tragic incidents from Agn s s youth ✯ [BOOKS] ⚣ Save Rafe! (Middle School By James Patterson ✼ – 9facts.co.uk the nasty meddling of town gossips threatens to upend the woman s simple ❰Download❯ ➻ The Hand That First Held Mine Author Maggie O& – 9facts.co.uk peaceful life Her story reveals a terrible loss [Reading] ➼ Ghost Light By Joseph O& – 9facts.co.uk a case of mistaken identity [Epub] ➚ LDN Graffiti By Joe Epstein – 9facts.co.uk and a cruel and violent act that haunts her past Agn s wrestles with her own sense of guilt and enduring heartbreak while the citizens piece together the truth about her life


About the Author: Salley Vickers

Salley Vickers was born in Liverpool, the home of her mother, and grew up as the child of parents in the British Communist Party She won a state scholarship to St Paul s Girl s School and went on to read English at Newnham College Cambridge She has worked, variously, as a cleaner, a dancer, an artist s model, a teacher of children with special needs, a university teacher of literature, and a psychoanalyst Her first novel, Miss Garnet s Angel , became an international word of mouth bestseller She now writes full time and lectures widely on many subjects, particularly the connections between, art, literature, psychology and religion.Her principal interests are opera, bird watching, dancing, and poetry One of her father s favourite poets, W.B.Yeats, was responsible for her name Salley, the Irish for willow which comes from Yeats s poem set to music by Benjamin Britten Down by the salley gardens.



10 thoughts on “The Cleaner of Chartres

  1. Maureen Maureen says:

    This is a story of love, loss, faith and forgiveness There s a rich array of characters, some good, some bad, but all interacted perfectly to retain my interest It had an ending that suggested to me that there could be a follow up, but still concluded in a satisfying way.


  2. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    I just couldn t take this book, it was such tedious reading The character of Agnes was quite unbelievable and I didn t really care about her anyway In fact I didn t really care about anyone at all And then having reached that point, I didn t care about reading anyAnd so I stopped.The author has taken all her many occupations in life and fictionalised them and has used a lot of devices that make a certain type of book successful unknown but traumatic past, enigmatic heroine hiding sec I just couldn t take this book, it was such tedious reading The character of Agnes was quite unbelievable and I didn t really care about her anyway In fact I didn t really care about anyone at all And then having reached that point, I didn t care about reading anyAnd so I stopped.The author has taken all her many occupations in life and fictionalised them and has used a lot of devices that make a certain type of book successful unknown but traumatic past, enigmatic heroine hiding secrets, a crime, the wrong person accused by leading light, etc etc This may well work for people who like this genre, I don t and it didn t for me.But it wasn t badly written and I didn t hate it, it just didn t hold my interest at all, so 2 stars


  3. Susan Susan says:

    This bewitching novel follows the life of Agnes Morel, who was found asleep one day in the North Porch of the cathedral of Notre Dame, in the old town of Chartres Each chapter alternates between her past and her present, as we learn how Agnes was found as an abandoned baby, how she was brought up in a convent and how tragedy overcame her Eventually she flees to Chartres, where she gradually finds a place of her own, cleaning both at the cathedral and the homes of many of the towns inhabitants, This bewitching novel follows the life of Agnes Morel, who was found asleep one day in the North Porch of the cathedral of Notre Dame, in the old town of Chartres Each chapter alternates between her past and her present, as we learn how Agnes was found as an abandoned baby, how she was brought up in a convent and how tragedy overcame her Eventually she flees to Chartres, where she gradually finds a place of her own, cleaning both at the cathedral and the homes of many of the towns inhabitants, and becoming an essential part of the lives of many people in the community, Amongst those who lives are touched by Agnes are Robert Clement, an artist who Agnes models for, Professor Jones, who relies on Agnes to organise him, Abbe Bernard who is elderly and confused, Philippe Nevers, who Agnes babysit as a young boy, and Alain who is restoring the cathedral Unfortunately for Agnes, some of the others include the vicious gossip Madame Beck, who feels that Agnes has bad blood When Madame Beck discovers the secrets of Agnes early life, she uses the information against her When a tragedy occurs, what starts as slander becomes dangerousAgnes is a wonderful character naive, solitary and deeply hurt, but always kind and gentle Madame Beck is someone that, sadly, we all recognise The bitter and unkind gossip, who delights in spreading ill will under the guise of concern for others Yet both the vicious Madame Beck and Agnes herself underestimate the regard in which she is held I have always loved Sally Vickers novels and this is easily up there with the best of her work great characters, well plotted and with interesting themes, this would be ideal for a book club as there is so much to discuss and enjoy


  4. Elizabeth of Silver& Elizabeth of Silver& says:

    This book is beautifully written, has outstanding characters with depth, includes mystery and intrigue, has a plot that will keep you engaged, and a tale you won t want to end.We all have a past whether sordid or lily white We either like to keep our past hidden or allow it to be an open book Agnes didn t like to think of her past She did have an unpleasant history and tried to keep it buried, but people and circumstances caused others to want to dig into the life she led before she arrived This book is beautifully written, has outstanding characters with depth, includes mystery and intrigue, has a plot that will keep you engaged, and a tale you won t want to end.We all have a past whether sordid or lily white We either like to keep our past hidden or allow it to be an open book Agnes didn t like to think of her past She did have an unpleasant history and tried to keep it buried, but people and circumstances caused others to want to dig into the life she led before she arrived in Chartres.The storyline is unique and appealing Through Ms Vickers skillful style, the book masterfully draws out the secrets of Agnes life with hints of what she holds inside The hints at her life capture your attention and then move to something else as you patiently wait for the next piece of the puzzle to be revealed You will not be disappointed and will quickly want to move to the next chapter to enjoyof the creative, absorbing story The chapters move smoothly between time periods giving background information as well information about the life Agnes currently leads The interaction of the characters was marvelous The writing is very detailed, and the characters and scenes are vivid THE CLEANER OF CHARTRES took a few pages to become interesting, but once the story took off, it was quite captivating as the mystery of who Agnes really was and what caused her to be the person she had become unfolds You will grow to love Agnes as she makes it through her life simply and effectually and share every turn her life takes You will feel sorry for Agnes but will also be amazed at her resiliency since she didn t have an easy life and especially since she was able to function as an illiterate The story will stay with you long after you turn the last page.As well as a wonderful storyline and wonderful characters, you will learn about The Cathedral of Chartres The history of this cathedral was fascinating and had me looking up photos of the structure as well as particulars of the church and its beautiful stained glass windows The book s cover is charming.I wholeheartedly enjoyed this story of Agnes I hope you will be able to read this book and get caught up in her life as I did 5 5 This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review


  5. Alisha-Dear Constant Reader Alisha-Dear Constant Reader says:

    Thanks for dragging me along through the most boring of stories I really learned a lot and grew as a person The Cleaner of Chartres is about the quiet Agnes, found in a basket by a farmer The slow and overwritten novel jumps from the present to Agnes past where we learn surprisingly little considering the mountain pages we had to get through for the information I stopped reading this book at least a dozen times telling myself to just give up It wasn t going to get better Then, finally a Thanks for dragging me along through the most boring of stories I really learned a lot and grew as a person The Cleaner of Chartres is about the quiet Agnes, found in a basket by a farmer The slow and overwritten novel jumps from the present to Agnes past where we learn surprisingly little considering the mountain pages we had to get through for the information I stopped reading this book at least a dozen times telling myself to just give up It wasn t going to get better Then, finally at 54% stuff started to happen Holy shit Stuff is happening I should have just given up I have a good nose for bad books This one was justlisten, I congratulated myself for finishing it, okay I m fairly certain that I haven t high fived myself for finishing a book since my junior year of college when I read The Wife of Bath for English Lit of the Middle Ages The Cleaner of Chartres is slow, over written, and full of contradictions Is Agnes a real person or is she a Mary figure Is she both Who knows We certainly don t because view spoiler the book just ends after Agnes makes a out of character declaration to Abbe Paul hide spoiler This is not a horrible book, but it is a self indulgent piece that goes nowhere.ARC provided by Viking for review purposes in conjunction with Netgalley.com


  6. Deborah Swift Deborah Swift says:

    A beautiful moving novel with depthAgnes Morel is an unlikely main character in a novel quiet unassuming and middle aged The beginning of the book is slow with lengthy descriptions of Chartres Cathedral and not much dialogue, so at first I thought I would struggle to make it to the end But I loved Miss Garnet s Angel so I persevered and wasthan richly rewarded.The characters of the nuns with all their un saintly quirks and human failings are acutely well drawn and Agnes s past as it is A beautiful moving novel with depthAgnes Morel is an unlikely main character in a novel quiet unassuming and middle aged The beginning of the book is slow with lengthy descriptions of Chartres Cathedral and not much dialogue, so at first I thought I would struggle to make it to the end But I loved Miss Garnet s Angel so I persevered and wasthan richly rewarded.The characters of the nuns with all their un saintly quirks and human failings are acutely well drawn and Agnes s past as it is gradually revealed is horrifying yet utterly believable Her malicious neighbours are described with gleeful venom The characters in this book slowly seeped into my imagination and soon had me in an iron grip so that I had to know what would happen to Agnes when her unfortunate past was uncovered This is a beautiful portrait of small mindedness in all its ways, but it is also a vehicle to tackle the really big questions, such as Where does evil lie What constitutes sin How is the spirit of a religion preserved in its buildings What is the power of truthfulness I ll certainly be looking forward to Salley Vickers s next


  7. Bettie Bettie says:

    blurb There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained glass and strange labyrinth And there is something special too about Agn s Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.No one quite knows where she came from not the diffident Abb Paul who discovered her sleeping in the north porch one morning twenty years ago nor lonely Professor Jones whose chaotic existence she helps to organise nor Phili blurb There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained glass and strange labyrinth And there is something special too about Agn s Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.No one quite knows where she came from not the diffident Abb Paul who discovered her sleeping in the north porch one morning twenty years ago nor lonely Professor Jones whose chaotic existence she helps to organise nor Philippe Nevers whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes, colourful clothes and elusive manner And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways, even though they couldn t quite say how.But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agn s past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the prejudiced Madame Beck and her gossipy companion Madame Picot As the rumours growugly, Agn s is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins finally unfolds.The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light, of traumatic loss and second chances Told with a sparkling wit and beguiling charm, but infused throughout with deeper truths, it speaks of the power of love and mercy to transform the tragedies of the past.Producer Joanna Green A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers Abridged by Libby Spurrier Read by Lesley Manville After one episode it is apparent that this is a duel timelined Kate Mosse esque story This is the author profile Sally Vickers has worked as a cleaner, a dancer, an artist s model, a teacher of children with special needs, a university teacher of literature, and a psychoanalyst.and notice the similarity with the heroine here 3 Dr Deman reads of a vicious attack on a nanny with a young baby He suspects Agnes In the present, a china doll goes missing from Madame Beck s and Agnes is her chief suspect 4 Madame Beck accuses her cleaner Agnes of stealing a china doll from her apartment and seems intent on blackening her name in Chartres 5 Dr Deman takes Agnes to see Jean Dupere, and Professor Jones begins teaching her to read In the past, Maddy, a nurse at the clinic, convinces Agnes to say that the baby isn t hers I have a feeling this will be popular solid 3 with a great swathe of readers it has all the right ingredients


  8. Damaskcat Damaskcat says:

    I have read some of Salley Vickers other novels and found a few I liked and some I couldn t get on with at all The Cleaner of Chartres is one of the really good ones in my opinion I read it over the space of a couple of days and loved the writing, the characters and the background Agnes Morel is an orphan She was found as a new born baby in a basket in a wood and handed over to nuns After a childhood which was fraught with problems, including a stay in a psychiatric hospital she eventually I have read some of Salley Vickers other novels and found a few I liked and some I couldn t get on with at all The Cleaner of Chartres is one of the really good ones in my opinion I read it over the space of a couple of days and loved the writing, the characters and the background Agnes Morel is an orphan She was found as a new born baby in a basket in a wood and handed over to nuns After a childhood which was fraught with problems, including a stay in a psychiatric hospital she eventually ends up homeless in Chartres sleeping in the cathedral doorway on her first night there.Gradually the story of Agnes previous life is revealed as the reader gets to know about her present life and the people around her There is the eccentric Professor Jones, the artist Robert Clement, the two wealthy ladies who thrive on gossip, scandal and thinking ill of their neighbours and the clergy at the cathedral Father Paul and Father Bernard Agnes can neither read nor write but she manages to make herself indispensible to the cathedral and to the people who live near it by doing cleaning jobs, including at the cathedral itself.This is not just a book about everyday life There is interesting historical, mythical and religious information woven into the text The writing is understated and subtle and the book will repaythan one reading to appreciate all the nuances There are amusing incidents and there are poignant incidents as well as tragedies The characters are believable and carefully delineated and I loved the dialogue I recommend it


  9. Teresa Teresa says:

    Redemption and self discovery are recurrent themes in Salley Vickers writing and she tackles the same subjects here in The Cleaner of Chartres The central hub of the story is the ancient cathedral of Chartres which attracts a wide range of visitors, each one seeking something different to fulfil their incomplete lives Agnes Morel is the enigmatic young woman at the centre of events, quietly engrossed in her task of cleaning but having a lasting effect on those who come in contact with her.As Redemption and self discovery are recurrent themes in Salley Vickers writing and she tackles the same subjects here in The Cleaner of Chartres The central hub of the story is the ancient cathedral of Chartres which attracts a wide range of visitors, each one seeking something different to fulfil their incomplete lives Agnes Morel is the enigmatic young woman at the centre of events, quietly engrossed in her task of cleaning but having a lasting effect on those who come in contact with her.As the novel unfolds we gradually put together the pieces of Agnes traumatic past, parts of which come back to haunt her The supporting cast of locals are flawed, living, breathing individuals from the troubled, senile Abbe Bernard to the local gossiping widows Mmes Beck and Picot Their stories intertwine with that of Agnes and we feel part of this small community.This is a character driven novel, exquisitely slow moving and beautifully written in a gentle, engaging style It will probably also appeal to fans of the Chocolat series by Joanne Harris and the film Amelie


  10. Neens Bea Neens Bea says:

    I really struggled with the beginning of this book The sentence structures are sometimes so convoluted that it is difficult to say who the different parts refer to one sentence I could make neither head nor tail of The author also has a penchant for long and obscure words, and while I enjoy extending my vocabulary, always choosing five or four syllable words where two syllable words would do just fine whoever heard of convivial sparrows does not a reader friendly book make A third issue I really struggled with the beginning of this book The sentence structures are sometimes so convoluted that it is difficult to say who the different parts refer to one sentence I could make neither head nor tail of The author also has a penchant for long and obscure words, and while I enjoy extending my vocabulary, always choosing five or four syllable words where two syllable words would do just fine whoever heard of convivial sparrows does not a reader friendly book make A third issue is the constant jumps in time, which occur with nearly each new chapter However, once I got used to the author s idiosyncratic art of narration, I got so pulled into the story that I read the second half of the book in one sitting I read this book for one of my book groups and while it probably isn t one I would have chosen myself, I am very glad I got the chance to read it There are several words of wisdoms dotted around these pages particularly from the wise and congenial Abb Paul and I think Agn s story will stay with me for quite some time Now, if you will excuse me, I need to find an occasion to work the words coterminously and uxorious into my next conversation


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