Book review: A Nun’s Story

In what could be termed a lightbulb moment, Shirley Leach read back her own handwriting declaring that she was to become a nun. 

Sister Agatha

John Blake Publishing, £7.99;

ebook, £4.31

The wealthy socialite, who could probably have fitted in nicely to the glamorous lives of the Made In Chelsea cast, could scarcely believe what was in front of her as she sat down to pen a letter to her fiance in 1952.

Despite her fear and initial tears at such a seemingly unlikely prospect, the 20-year-old was to ditch her fashionable dresses for a plain tunic and habit, to begin her new life in a religious order.

This autobiography, co-written with Richard Newman, is entertaining as well as informative, with humour a constant as readers travel with Shirley from her privileged childhood in Kent through her romance and engagement to her epic change of heart and into the convent where she becomes Sister Agatha.

Whether religious or not, it is difficult not to be impressed by Sister Agatha’s unwavering faith.


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