A raw, intensely personal memoir of spiritual exploration from one of the world's great commentators on religion. After seven years in a convent, which she left, dismayed by its restrictions, an experience recounted in Through the Narrow Gate, Karen Armstrong struggled to establish herself in a new way of life, and became entrapped in a downwards spiral, haunted by despair, anorexia and suicidal feelings. Despite her departure from the convent she remained within the Catholic Church until the God she believed in 'died on me ...

The Spiral Staircase 2005, HarperPerennial, London

ISBN-13: 9780007122295

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The Spiral Staircase 2005, Vintage Books Canada

ISBN-13: 9780676974683

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Spiral Staircase 2004, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780007122288