The Words In My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd is the reimagined true story of Helena Jans, a Dutch maid in 17th century Amsterdam working for an English bookseller. One day a mysterious and reclusive lodger arrives - the Monsieur - who turns out to be Rene Descartes.
At first encounter the maid and the philosopher seem to have little in common, yet Helena yearns for knowledge and literacy - wanting to write so badly that she uses beetroot for ink and her body as paper.
And the philosopher, for all his learning, finds that it is Helena who reveals the surprise in the everyday world that surrounds him, as gradually their relationship deepens in a surprising story of love and learning.
'Excellent... an entirely unsentimental love story with a memorable and engaging heroine. Clever and touching' The Times.
Paperback 432 pages.
Approx: 13.1 x 19.7 cm.
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