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The Rapture: Cult, Obsession and Dreams with Claire McGlasson

June 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


We’re delighted to present the Edinburgh launch for the thrilling debut novel by Claire McGlasson, THE RAPTURE, at Golden Hare Books this June. Published by Faber & Faber, The Rapture follows Dilys during her life in a cult, and she begins to question what is real and what is dangerous. Claire will be in conversation in the bookshop – don’t miss the chance to meet this exciting new voice in fiction!

‘A remarkable story, remarkably told. Peppered with deft one-liners, sharp observations and eccentric characters who feel real. To read The Rapture is to immerse yourself in a complete and curious world where internal passions meet external appearances. I loved it. Claire McGlasson is a brave and brilliant new voice in fiction.’


Welcome to the Panacea Society, a terribly English cult… Dilys is a devoted member of The Panacea Society, populated almost entirely by virtuous single ladies. When she strikes up a friendship with Grace, a new recruit, God finally seems to be smiling upon her.

The friends become closer as they wait for the Lord to return to their very own Garden of Eden, and Dilys feels she has found the right path at last. But Dilys is wary of their leader’s zealotry and suspicious of those who would seem to influence her for their own ends. As her feelings for Grace bud and bloom, the Society around her begins to crumble.

Faith is supplanted by doubt as both women come to question what is true and fear what is real.


Claire McGlasson is a journalist who works for ITV News and enjoys the variety of life on the road with a TV camera. She lives in Cambridgeshire with her favourite people – her husband, daughter and son. The Rapture is her debut novel.

This event takes place in the bookshop, which we regret is not wheelchair accessible. Please contact us ahead of time if you have other access requirements and we will do everything we can to accommodate you!


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Golden Hare Books
68 Saint Stephen Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 5AQ United Kingdom


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