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The Spiral Staircase: A Memoir

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KAREN ARMSTRONG’S FIRST memoir, Through the Narrow Gate, described the seven years she spent in a strictly-run convent, struggling to fulfil her religious vocation, until increasing unhappiness and dl health compelled her to leave. The book ended with her starting a new life as an undergraduate reading English at St Anne’s College, Oxford. This second memoir, written many years later, takes up the story from there.

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