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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Glass Prison, or simply The Glass Prison, was the fifth novel published by Big Finish Productions as part of their Bernice Summerfield series. This was the final paperback Bernice Summerfield novel published by Big Finish and also the last full length Bernice Summerfield novel published for some time, until 2004's The Big Hunt. This novel features the birth of Bernice Summerfield's son Peter with the naming ceremony for him featuring cameos of several characters going back to Virgin's Virgin Bernice Summerfield New Adventures range. This is writer Jacqueline Rayner's second original contribution to the Bernice Summerfield range.

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Don't ever annoy the Fifth Axis. They might throw you into the Glass Prison on Deirbhile — and then throw away the key.

Once you're inside, there's nowhere to hide. They can see your every movement. They control you. You're going to be watched for the rest of your life, wherever you go, whoever you are. Even if you're a professor of archaeology. Even if you're a friend of the famous Irving Braxiatel, and you've written several popular coffee-table books.

Even if you're pregnant. Even if your baby's due any day now.

But, of course, they know all about your baby. And they're planning to take it away.

That is, if the loony cultists you're locked up with don't get it first.


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  • "The Wolf" is head honcho in the women's prison and leader of a cult.



  • Bernice Summerfield gives birth (via C-section in a prison) to her half-Killoran half human baby.
  • Clare is midwife for Bernice and her baby.


  • Claire (aka Clar'atol) is a Pakhar.
  • The Aseks are featureless, colourless humanoids employed by the Fifth Axis as wardens in the Glass Prison.
  • Terpsechians are walrus-sized aliens.


  • Sophia (a Grel) uses her dataaxe to kill the Fifth Axis Imperarator.

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Audiobook cover.

  • This story was released as an audiobook read by Lisa Bowerman.
  • This is the last paperback Benny novel published by Big Finish Productions.
  • The next full length Bernice Summerfield novel was released some two years following the publication of this novel. In May 2004 The Big Hunt was published. However, there were several short story anthologies and audio stories published between this novel and The Big Hunt.


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