The Divines

The Divines

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 18/02/2021
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Set in the final days before a shocking tragedy forces an elite boarding school to shut its doors for good, Ellie Eaton's The Divines is a razor-sharp debut that asks the question: were you really as good as you remember? I am Divine. My mother was Divine and her mother before that, which isn't uncommon. Although that was at a time when being Divine meant something . . . The girls of elite English boarding school, St. John the Divine, were notorious for flipping their hair, harassing teachers, chasing boys and chain-smoking cigarettes. They were fiercely loyal, sharp-tongued, and cutting in the way that only teenage girls can be. But for Josephine, now in her thirties, her time at St. John feels like a lifetime ago. She hasn't spoken to another Divine in fifteen years, not since the day the school shut its doors in disgrace . . . But an impromptu visit reawakens blurry recollections of those doomed final weeks that rocked the community. With each memory that resurfaces, she circles closer to the ugly secret at the heart of the school's scandal. But the more Josephine recalls, the further her life unravels, derailing not just her marriage and career, but her entire sense of self. With the emotional power of My Dark Vanessa and the reflective haze of The Girls, The Divines is a compulsive debut exploring the intoxicating, destructive relationships between teenage girls. 'A cool, chilling and elegant novel' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent 'Perfectly twisted . . . Impossible to put down' Refinery29 'Captivating' Vulture 'An explosive debut' Stylist

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781529340129
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 537g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 36 mm

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The Divines
A nostalgic journey that explores class and memory.
The Divines is a book about class, memory, nostalgia and the phenomenon and lasting legacy of elite British boarding schools. Overall, I found this novel a... READ MORE
Kate S
The Divines
More character study than dark academia
Ellie Eaton can certainly write, and this is a solid debut with some of the pitfalls that subsequent novels will hopefully avoid. Sometimes a book isn't w... READ MORE
The Divines
School story for adults
The Divines is a very readable novel about Josephine, a married woman with a young daughter in the present day, intercut with her formative experiences at ... READ MORE
Verity Halliday
The Divines
If it's dark academia you're after, this isn't it
I wanted to love this, I really did. The premise sounded like just the sort of dark academia tinged boarding school stuff I love: a nineties setting, crumb... READ MORE
Ophelia Sings
The Divines
Enthralling Coming of Age Mystery
“Divines could be cruel, conceited, arcane, but we were faithful to the end. We sobbed and hugged one another. Forever, we promised, always. Set in an ex... READ MORE
The Divines
The concept was intriguing but unfortunately I found this book a little dull.
Jo recounts her time at an exclusive boarding school to her new husband. The concept was intriguing but unfortunately I found this book a little dull. ... READ MORE
Sinead Holohan
The Divines
Boarding School memories and regroupings
I love a boarding tale story as much as the next person and The Divines was a good read. A chance meeting between some former pupils of St John the Divine... READ MORE
The Divines
The writing in this was good and i liked the story it explored but it felt like this was a little too aimless in places for me. The story was interesting b... READ MORE
beth younge
The Divines
Terrific Read
A really great read, a real insight into teenage years and anxieties.
Jennifer Watts-Russell