Gill Foreman The Convent of Sorrows 

Gill grew up in London and has lived in Florence and Sydney. She holds degrees in Classics, Drama, Playwrighting and Education and is a qualified lecturer. She began her career as a theatre director and playwright before becoming Literary Manager of London’s Finborough Theatre, and then Director of Education for Salisbury Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic and the RSC. Most recently she was a Senior Consultant for the National Theatre. In 2012, Gill managed a number of projects for the Cultural Olympiad and now runs her own Arts Consultancy. In 2010, Methuen published her first non-fiction book, which will be followed in 2019 by One Legged Chileans - Women as Director.

The Convent of Sorrows is Gill’s second novel and the story of how debt, greed and art are inextricably linked. It is told through the lives of two groups of people: a young History of Art lecturer and her financier husband trying to rebuild a convent in the middle of the financial crisis and a twelfth-century merchant who builds a house for his beloved wife, has it decorated by his friend Giotto, and abandons it when his wife is killed and eaten by a mob in one of Florence’s many bitter vendetti.