Black Narcissus

On the Black Narcissus filmset with Deborah Kerr and production team

Through the cool, bright air of the Himalayan mountains near Darjeeling, the old Palace shines like a pale jewel.

In the days when it was the General's 'harem' palace, ladies with their retinues and rich clothes could be seen walking on the high windy terraces.

At night, music floated out over villages and gorges far into the early hours. Now the General's son has bestowed it upon the disciplined Sisters of Mary.

Beginning work in the orchards and opening a school and a dispensary for the mountain people, the small band of Sisters are dependent for help on the English agent Mr Dean.

But his charm and insolent candour are disconcerting. When he says bluntly "This is no place for a nunnery", it is as if he already knows their destiny...

"A very remarkable novel indeed. One in a thousand."
OBSERVER
"The writing is lovely, subtle, gentle, humorous."
HUGH WALPOLE
"A genius for storytelling."
EVENING STANDARD

News


10/10/2017
Black Narcissus coming to BBC One
The BBC is set to produce a three part adaptation of Black Narcissus with screenwriter Amanda Coe. ... More...

12/12/2016
3 new editions from Pan Macmillan complete the Dolls series of childrens’ books
Pan Macmillan has just published 3 new editions of the Dolls series;   The Story of Holly and ... More...

12/12/2016
Two new editions published by Speaking Tiger
Indian publisher Speaking Tiger has just published 2 new editions; An accomplished scholar and ... More...

12/12/2016
Open Road Publishes 13 Rumer Godden Ebook titles
US ebook publisher Open Road has released Black Narcissus and 12 other titles which are ... More...