Author(s): Penelope Wilcock
At St Alcuin's Monastery, in 14th century Yorkshire, Abbot John is in shock after learning of the rape of his sister and murder of his mother. The refugee Father William is discovering his own vulnerability. The community of brothers struggle to support their leader and their barely-welcome guest. The Hour before Dawn explores the psychological impact of grief and trauma, and the possibility of healing. Wilcock explores the process of having survived suffering, but not yet having moved on. Based on solid historical research, Wilcock's representation of monastic life is authentic, rich with poetic prose and a sense of time and place.
Pen Wilcock is the author of many books such as In Celebration of Simplicity and 100 Stand-Alone Bible Studies. For many years a Methodist minister, she has worked as a hospice and school chaplain. She has five adult daughters and lives in Hastings, East Sussex.