The Apothecary’s Daughter

The Apothecary’s Daughter


The Apothecary’s Daughter

A novel set in a fictitious place in North Africa
By Patricia Schonstein

ISBN 978-1-874915-18-8

  • Longlisted: The Sunday Times Fiction Award 2005

A nobleman and his wife, an apothecary nun, an astronomer-mathematician, an inquisitor, a poet who is both lover and villain, a portraitist, a queen and loyal servants deftly act out a beautiful drama of tantalizing relationships.

A richly romantic tale of sexual awakening, love and betrayal
~ JM Coetzee, 2003 Nobel Laureate for literature

They take up their roles in castle and convent, some surrounded by ornate interiors, garbed in velvets and silks, garlanded with precious jewels; while others abide in simple space devoid of art or representation, and dressed in plain linens and dull calicos. This is a wondrous tale, rendered in erotic prose and poetry, stitched through with rich imagery, humour and tenderness. It is also a story of trade and exotic travel, both across the surface of the earth and among the stars.

“A complex plot enriched by Shakespearean echoes”

~ Scotland on Sunday

“An enchanting and captivating tale”

~ New Books Magazine

“A wondrous narrative, a poignant complex drama, stitched through with rich imagery and tenderness”

~ The Sunday Independent

“A thoroughly seductive story … as indulgent as slipping into a warm perfumed bath”

~ The Cape Times

“A languid and heavily spiced drama”

~ The Sunday Times

“A tale told with great care and consideration for the reader”

~ This Day

“Filled with rich, lush imagery … this book is a wondrous tale”

~ Citizen Weekend

Additional information

Weight 260 g
Dimensions 20.5 × 13.5 × 2 cm







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