Category: Agapemone

Praying on the Innocent

Critic’s Choice: THE ABODE OF LOVE by Kate Barlow (Mainstream, Pounds 16.99) Secrets lurked around every corner at Agapemone (Greek for ‘Abode of Love’), the grand country house where Kate Barlow spent much of her extraordinary childhood. In its heyday the 200-acre estate at Spaxton in Somerset had been home to a notorious religious cult, started in the 1800s by a hellfire-and-brimstone priest. By the time Barlow stayed there, the cult was on its last legs and she knew nothing of her home’s scandalous history. She took for granted the team of very