Soon, Jen is arrested for a crime committed in her neighbour's house, and the police have damning evidence. Jen wonders, is she losing her mind, or is she being framed? Desperate to clear her name, Jen must untangle a chilling web of lies, and there's only one suspect on her list: her ex, Charlie's father. But someone is watching her every move — and it isn't just Jen who is in danger. They're watching her child too. Can Jen uncover the dark truth before it's too late? An assistant clerk at Agra Central Jail, he suddenly found himself a personal attendant to the Empress of India herself.
Within a year, he was established as a powerful figure at court, becoming the queen's teacher, or Munshi. Devastated by the death of John Brown, her Scottish gillie, the queen had at last found his replacement, but her intense and controversial relationship with the Munshi led to a near revolt in the royal household.
Yet, at its heart, it is a tender love story between an ordinary Indian and his elderly queen a relationship that survived the best attempts to destroy it. But it looks as if artist Effie Garrand has come to stay. When Hamish Macbeth calls on her he's amazed to find the woman in residence after a particularly harsh winter. Unfortunately, Effie is also quite delusional, having convinced herself that fellow local artist Jock Fleming is in love with her, and that they are engaged. But after a lover's scrap with Jock, Effie is found dead, poisoned by hemlock.
Suicide or murder? One such lies outside the village of Drim. Hamish begins to hear reports that this castle is haunted and lights have been seen there at night, but he assumes it's some children or maybe the local lads going there to smoke pot, or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Hamish says to his policeman, Charlie 'Clumsy' Carson, that they will both spend a night there. The keening wind explains the ghostly noises, but when Charlie falls through the floor, Hamish finds the body of a dead man propped up in a corner of the cellar.
After Charlie is airlifted to the hospital, Chief Detective Inspector Blair arrives to investigate the body, but there is none to be found. Dismissed as a drunk making up stories, Hamish has to find and identify the body and its killer before the 'ghost' can strike again. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose.
But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman calls him back about an intruder, he simply marvels at her compulsion to lie. This time, though, she is telling the truth. Her body is found in her home and Hamish must sort through all of her lies to solve the crime. They strain to see the road ahead — and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered — and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime.
Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books. But Sumpton Harcourt is a small and private village, she finds — a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation — and even her life.
On the run and exhausted by life in the shadows, Gwendolyn launches herself on a global quest to seize control of a dead criminal mastermind's lost fortune. With the help of Terrance Mutai, her friend from New York and one of the only people she trusts, she dives headlong into a world of money, espionage, and betrayal. But with enemies closing in around her, can she trust anyone? Even herself? Pinkie Pie and the rockin' Ponypalooza party! The party will be super—duper cool and is sure to save the farm. But … Pinkie's family doesn't like the idea and wants her to be serious for once in her life.
What's a pony to do? Having no choice, East and a crew of untested boys — including his trigger—happy younger brother, Ty — leave the only home they've ever known in a nondescript blue van, with a roll of cash, a map and a gun they shouldn't have. Along the way, the country surprises East.
The blood on his hands isn't the blood he expects. And he reaches places where only he can decide which way to go — or which person to become. By way of The Wire and in the spirit of Scott Smith's A Simple Plan and Richard Price's Clockers, Dodgers is itself something entirely original: a gripping literary crime novel with a compact cast whose intimate story opens up to become a reflection on the nature of belonging and reinvention.
In this expanded and updated edition, Steve Biddulph shares and gives practical and honest advice to parents so they can recognise the different stages of boyhood and learn how to raise happy, confident and kind young men. Boys need to be parented in a different way from girls with their own very special psychological and physical make—up. Home, society and education have failed boys badly — and these failures lead to unhappy men who cannot fully become happy, responsible, emotionally—confident adults.
While it is essential that boys spend more time learning about manhood from their fathers, Biddulph updates his classic to include helpful information for mothers and single mothers with baby boys. This extended edition explores some important topics:. How ADHD may be caused by stress in the first year of life. Whether boys should start school later than girls. Help for single mothers raising sons. How to choose a sport that does more good than harm. What we can do about boys and binge drinking. What science can tell us about teenage boys and driving — and how we can keep our sons safe.
Biddulph updates his classic to include helpful information for mothers and single mothers with baby boys. In , a 26—year—old programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything — drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons — free of the government's watchful eye. Ross embraced his new role as kingpin, taking drastic steps to protect himself — including ordering a hit on a former employee.
As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren't sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet. Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, New York Times bestselling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks and unbelievable close calls.
It's a story of the boy next door's ambition gone criminal, spurred on by the clash between the new world of libertarian—leaning, anonymous, decentralised Web advocates and the old world of government control, order and the rule of law. Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by an astonishing climax, American Kingpin might be dismissed as too outrageous for fiction.
But it's all too real. Her daughters are a handful and Clara, a senior cardiac specialist, has a new job to cope with … For Ania, meeting Clara Casey is a miracle: she had never intended to leave her beloved Poland, but after the love of her life has turned sour, her world seems rather empty. Perhaps a new job in a new country will mend her broken heart? Declan is looking forward to joining the clinic — but what should have been a straightforward six—month posting brings him far more than he expected. Nancy, Dee, Kev and Celia — each have their own secret story, unknown to their fellow passengers.
And of course Tom himself has his own reasons for returning home so regularly … Once again, Maeve Binchy has conjured up a cast of very human characters with real joys and real sorrows, portrayed with her trademark wit, compassion and warmth. Filled with her delicious humour and warmth, the 22 stories in London Transports will delight and captivate as they take us to a place that is far away and yet so familiar.
Where having an affair with a married man brings one woman to a turning point; where another finds that looking for an apartment to share can be a risky business.
Where nosing into a secretary's life can have shocking results; where a dress designer just had a god—awful day; and where Maeve Binchy captures the beat of every woman's heart. It falls to the Doyles' eldest daughter, Anna, to decide how best to commemorate her parents' Silver Wedding.
No use asking her sister Helen, living in her London convent, or her brother Brendan, who has chosen another form of exile on a bleak farm in the West of Ireland. But it is unthinkable not to have a party, even though for the Doyles, family occasions are more difficult than for most. For each of them is keeping up a front, nursing a secret wound, or smarting over a hidden betrayal. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St.
Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears and speak their prayers. Some believe it to be a place of true spiritual power, demanding protection; others think it's a mere magnet for superstitions, easily sacrificed. Not knowing which faction to favour, Father Flynn listens to all those caught up in the conflict, and these are the voices we hear in the stories of Whitethorn Woods: men and women deciding between the traditions of the past and the promises of the future, ordinary people brought vividly to life by Binchy's generosity and empathy, and in the vivacity and surprise of her storytelling.
Feeling like foreigners in this land of sun and surf, they're still adjusting to work, school and life in a sprawling purple weatherboard when, one morning, tragedy strikes. In the devastating aftermath questions fly: What really happened? And who's to blame? Determined to protect his family, Finn finds himself under the police and media spotlight. Guilty and enraged, Bridget spends nights hunting answers in the last place imaginable. Jarrah — his innocence lost — faces a sudden and frightening adulthood where nothing is certain.
Sixty Seconds is a haunting, redemptive story about forgiveness and hope. Continuing the story she began in Flower of Scotland, Emma invites the listener back into the lives of the Drummond family, who are still dealing with the aftermath of the First World War but now must also face up to the horrors of the Second. Andrew and Rose are running the distillery and have given a job to Jack's son, Tommy. Tommy hates the work and longs to be a pilot but Jack, horribly disfigured after the first war, forbids it. The onset of the new war sweeps aside any such decision … Andrew and Rose must cope with the loss of their baby; Andrew tries to manage as Rose's behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre but finds he must also face up to his own failing health.
She ultimately got more than she ever could have bargained for. In Molly's Game, she takes you through her adventures running an exclusive high—stakes private poker game catering to Hollywood royalty like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck, athletes, billionaires, politicians, and financial titans. With rich detail, Molly describes a world of glamour, privilege, and secrecy in which she made millions, lived the high life, and fearlessly took on the Russian and Italian mobs, until she met the one adversary she could not outsmart: the United States government.
It's the story of how a determined woman gained — and then lost — her place at the table, and of everything she learned about poker, love, and life in the process. Fourteen years ago, Melinda Campbell was fifteen and a half, pregnant and terrified. Desperate to protect her baby from a malicious grandfather and needed at home to take care of her own critically ill father, Melinda makes the most generous, heart—wrenching choice of all: adoption.
Now she's living the successful life her father struggled to give her, but missing her daughter with a longing that shadows every joy. Jeremy Richmond knows the beach house the way a painter knows his canvas, intimately and focused on detail. His life revolves around his adopted daughter, Shiloh, the girl who's owned his heart from the moment he first held her as an infant.
They were a picture—perfect family until Shiloh was diagnosed with paediatric lupus and Jeremy's wife walked away. When Shiloh tells her father she's tired of fighting her illness and wants to meet her biological mother before it's too late, Jeremy agrees to find a woman he has no desire to meet. From the moment Melinda and Jeremy come face—to—face, they realize their worlds will never be the same.
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Will the beach house that has harboured troubled hearts for decades prove to be the balm they need to heal? Is it because they're a straight A student, a talented footballer? Or is it simply because they're yours? Sarah and Phil love both their children, James and Lauren. The couple have the same hopes and aspirations as any parent.
But their expectations are shattered when they discover that their perfect baby daughter has been born with a flaw; a tiny, but life—changing glitch that is destined to shape her future, and theirs, irrevocably. Over time the family adapt and even thrive. Then one day a blood test casts doubt on the very basis of their family. Lauren is not Phil's child. Suddenly, their precious family is on the brink of destruction. But the truth they face is far more complex and challenging than simple infidelity.
It tests their capacity to love, each other and their children, and it raises the question of what makes — and what breaks — a family. Plants, animals and humans are being infected by spores from space and becoming part of a vast alien intelligence. When 16—year—old Callie discovers her little sister Gracie is Changing, she flees with Gracie to the Zone to escape termination by the ruthless officers of quarantine. What Callie finds in the Zone will alter her forever and send her on a journey to the stars, and beyond.
You'd be hoping like hell there was a doctor nearby to take charge; someone resourceful, who'd think quickly and stay calm under pressure; someone who could, if necessary, take charge from a distance. You'd want to be in the safe and sure hands of one of these amazing bush doctors. They might work in some of the most spectacular locations in Australia — from the splendid isolation of the Kimberley and the wide open spaces of outback Queensland to the freezing icecaps of Antarctica — but their profession demands long hours, extensive medical knowledge and, sometimes, courage beyond their experience.
Meet some of the extraordinary medicos who save lives everyday beyond the great divide including Jenny Wilson, the locum with itchy feet who roams Australia and beyond to help people; Rolf Gomes, who built a 'heart truck' to take life—saving medical advice to the inland; and Molly Shorthouse who cares for people's mental health. And, always, there's the Royal Flying Doctors. So when she was invited to visit New York, the city that never sleeps, she seized the day and accepted.
Perhaps, she mused, she might never return. There was a catch, however: would she foster a homeless cat during her stay? Visualising a dozy, sweet—natured snuggler with a name like Mavis, Helen agreed. But the cat she met in the Manhattan shelter was anything but dozy. Instead, Bono, as he was called, was wide—eyed and unpredictable, a bundle of nervous energy with a feisty attitude and punk haircut to boot. After a shaky start, Helen and Bono began to get to know each other. And, as winter turned to spring, cat and woman explored new beginnings and past heartache, only to discover that, in the end, home is where the heart is, wherever that may be.
Along with an introduction by the author, this collection features the short stories "Barter," "Garage Sale," "The Hole Truth," "Dreamweaver's Dilemma," and "Aftermaths. Will the children try to capture it? Or give it freedom? But when Val loses his music, he flees to the country, alone and tormented by what has been robbed from him. A widow with a heart— Grieving Ellen Markham has hidden herself away, looking for safety in solitude. Her curious new neighbour offers a kindred lonely soul whose desperation is matched only by his desire, but Ellen's devastating secret could be the one thing that destroys them both.
Together they'll find there's no rescue from the past, but sometimes losing everything can help you find what you need most. Here they find a secret settlement and learn more about the mysterious Makers plan. But the Monster must make a dreadful choice? A magical adventure series for younger listeners from the award—winning author of Little Fur.
Every year Zluty journeys to the great forest while Bily stays to tend their desert home. And every year Zluty returns with exciting tales of his adventures. When a devastating red wind sweeps across the land, brothers Bily and Zluty are forced to fight for their survival and journey into the perilous unknown. A magical new series for younger readers from the award—winning author of Little Fur. The first audiobook in The Kingdom of the Lost series. Alyzon Whitestarr doesn't take after her musically talented father or her nocturnal, artistic mother.
In fact, she's the most normal member of a very eccentric family … until the day that an accident leaves her more unique than she ever could have dreamed. Suddenly colours are more vibrant to Alyzon; her memory is flawless; but strangest of all is Alyzon's sense of smell.
Her best friend smells of a comforting sea breeze. She registers her father's contentment as the sweet scent of caramelised sugar. But why does the cutest guy in school smell so rancid? With Alyzon's extrasensory perception comes intrigue and danger, as she becomes aware of the dark secrets and hidden ambitions that threaten her family. She was wrong. When Zoe meets Dan, he's everything she is looking for in a man — intelligent, charming, supportive. It's only after they're married that she realises that he's controlling, aggressive, paranoid. And there's no way out.
Or is there? Zoe knows she has to escape, but Dan's found her once before, and she knows he can find her again. But Dan has plans of his own. Plans that don't necessarily include Zoe. Be careful who you trust. Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group.
Best of all, Zoey's made some new friends and she finally feels like she belongs—like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend. Or two. And despite the best efforts of her mother and step—loser John to humiliate her publically during parent visitation, she's earned the respect of her professors and High Priestess, Neferet. Then the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night, straining human—vamp tensions in Tulsa to a breaking point.
While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she finds herself drawn into an intoxicating forbidden flirtation that threatens to distract her from the growing crisis. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night. Too late, Zoey begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves, and she must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.
Cast, brings us a new epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people.
It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…Now, darkness is coming, and with it, a force, more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready.
Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all. This audio track will help you engage in meditation before falling to sleep, as during sleep the Man leaves the physical form and goes to super—physical planes and it is the last train of thought in your mind that determines and conforms you to the special super—physical influence you are to obtain. The physical benefits too shall be great. You will feel more rested in this way and your sleep will be sounder and more refreshing than otherwise.
During the first several minutes of the track a guided medication is read to help you build protective aura to guard against adverse influences during sleep. In the next 30 minutes a gentle Ocean Waves sequence continues offering natural energy and rhythmical pattern for deeper sleep. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts.
Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth—century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes.
For the warrior tells her an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once—magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling birds of prey are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass—a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. In Daevabad, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. A young prince dreams of rebellion. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal.
That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. After all, there is a reason they say to be careful what you wish for. The ship encounters a technologically and culturally advanced alien empire, led by a royal family of dragons. The empire's dragon emissary offers her aid to the people of Earth, bringing greater health, longer life and faster—than—light travel to nearby stars.
But what price will the people of Earth have to pay for the generous alien assistance? In this first book in a brand new series, Kylie Chan brings together pacey, compelling storytelling and an all—too—possible imagined future in a tale packed with action, adventure, drama and suspense. Both were army high—flyers. Both were aquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint.
Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher. With Clarke's characteristic historical detail and diction, these dark, enchanting tales unfold in a slightly distorted version of our own world, where people are bedevilled by mischievous interventions from the fairies. With appearances from beloved characters from her novel, including Jonathan Strange and Childermass, and an entirely new spin on certain historical figures, including Mary, Queen of Scots, this is a must—have for fans of Susanna Clarke and an enticing introduction to her work for new readers.
She Persisted Around the World is a book for everyone who has ever aimed high and been told to step down, for everyone who has ever raised their voice and been told to quiet down, and for everyone who has ever felt small, unimportant or unworthy. Alexandra Boiger's vibrant artwork accompanies this inspiring text that shows readers of all ages that, no matter what obstacles come their way, they have the power to persist and succeed. Occupying a privileged perch in Rome during the tumultuous first years of Francis' pontificate, Colonna was privy to the shock, dismay, and even panic that the reckless new pope engendered in the Church's most loyal and judicious leaders.
The Dictator Pope discloses that Father Mario Bergoglio the future Pope Francis was so unsuited for ecclesiastical leadership that the head of his own Jesuit order tried to prevent his appointment as a bishop in Argentina. Behind the benign smile of the "people's pope" Colonna reveals a ruthless autocrat aggressively asserting the powers of the papacy in pursuit of a radical agenda.
Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough — he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.
Determined to speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves, Bosch has one chance to wrench a confession out of a cold—blooded killer, or risk letting him walk free for good. Life as a teenage witch just got harder for Merry when her brother, Leo is captured and taken into an alternative reality by evil witch Ronan. Determined to get him back, Merry needs to use blood magic to outwit her arch—rival and get Leo back.
Merry is more powerful than ever now, but she is also more dangerous and within the coven, loyalties are split on her use of the magic. In trying to save Leo, Merry will have to confront evil from her past and present and risk the lives of everyone she's ever loved. Given the chaos she's created, just what will she sacrifice to make things right? Electrifying dark magic debut by authors and sisters, Katharine and Elizabeth Corr.
Sixteeen—year—old Meredith is fed—up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school — not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she's stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries—old curse.
Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love's kiss save the day? It's not easy being a teenage witch. Just ask Merry. She's drowning in textbooks and rules set by the coven, drowning in heartbreak after the loss of Jack. But Merry is not the only one whose fairy tale is over. Big brother Leo is falling apart and everything Merry does seems to push him further to the brink.
And everything that happens to Leo makes her ache for revenge. So, when strangers offering friendship show them a different path, they'd be mad not to take it… Some rules were made to be broken, right? The darkly magical sequel to The witch's kiss burns wickedly bright. His rules, however, are harsh and strange. But Emma has ideas of her own to overcome his.
He's picking up extra fees from his old friend Thalia the snake dancer as he searches for Sophrona, her lost water organist. With the Chief Spy Anacrites paying his fare, Falco knows anything can go wrong.
A dangerous brush with the Brother, the sinister ruler of Nabataean Petra, sends Falco and his girlfriend Helena on a fast camel—ride to Syria. Here they join a travelling theatre group, which keeps losing members in non—accidental drownings. The bad acting and poor audiences are almost as bad as the desert and its scorpions — then as the killer hovers, Falco tries to write a play.
Falco returns home from a six—month mission to the German legions. But trouble is in store for him: his apartment has been wrecked by squatters and an ex—legionary friend of his colourfully heroic brother Festus is demanding money, allegedly owed him as the result of one of Festus's wild schemes. Worse still, the only client Falco can get is his mother — who wants him to clear the family name.
Then just as Falco thinks things can only get better, fate takes a turn for the worse. The legionary is found viciously stabbed to death, with Falco the prime suspect. Now he has only three days to prove he is not a murderer, to trace the real suspect, amass evidence and win a fortune.
Eugenia Lincoln is a practical person with no time for gee—gaws, whoop—de—whoops, or frivolity. When an unexpected package containing an accordion arrives at her house, she is determined to have nothing to do with it. But her plans to sell the accordion, destroy the accordion, and give the accordion away all end in frustration.
How can Eugenia stop being tormented by this troublesome package? Might she discover that a bit of unforeseen frivolity could be surprisingly… joyous? It is , and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment. The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles of their own.
Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that the Emporium has secrets of its own? Despite the rewards being offered for turning them in, Martha and her friends are safe in The Rises, the area of the city full of the poor and the powerless.
But then the Prime Minister orders a wall to be built around The Rises. Is it for the safety of the poor — or is it to imprison them? Martha needs to act, and to act fast, in a tale of breath—taking treachery that reaches right to the heart of government … Mila 2. But that was before she betrayed Hunter, the boy she'll always love, and before she discovered she was an incredible danger to anyone who dares to get close to her.
Now she's gone into hiding with friend and tech expert Lucas. But when Mila discovers that her enemy General Holland is an even bigger threat to humanity than she is, she must make a choice: either push aside her fears and fight him with everything she's got…or turn her back on the world forever.
Except for a boy she barely knows. With her mother gone, Hunter Lowe is the only person she can turn to for help, the only person who really cares about her. But he has no idea who—and what—Mila really is. She can't bear to reveal her secret, even though he's unwittingly joined her search for Richard Grady, a man who may know more details of Mila's complicated past. Losing the last tie to her normal life just isn't an option. Yet the road to the truth is more dangerous than ever.
With General Holland and the Vita Obscura scouring the earth for her whereabouts, Mila must rely on her newfound android abilities to protect herself and Hunter from imminent harm. Still, embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity—as well as the real motives of the guy she's falling hopelessly in love with. But this was not an official burial: the victim was murdered decades ago.
At the same time, Detective Nikki Galena and her team are investigating the brutal slaying of local businesswoman Madeline Prospero. She was a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch. But they've got no suspects and no one is telling them the truth. Meanwhile, the buried skeleton leads them on a trail to the village of Quintin Eaudyke. This is a troubled place. In the late seventies and eighties a reign of terror and abuse was unleashed on the close—knit population.
When more women from the The Briar Patch come under threat, Nikki faces a race against time to stop more murders. Jos Miguel Battle Sr, a former cop and member of the counter—revolutionary group intent on overthrowing him, is captured. Miami, A strong Cuban—American criminal alliance is established. Known on both sides of the law as 'The Corporation', its powerful members were fellow outcasts and enemies of Castro. A hero to many Cuban—Americans, The Godfather created a unit of trusted men who fought alongside him to reclaim their nation from the Marxist dictator. Gaining money, power and influence by running gambling rackets, money laundering, drug trafficking and murder, The Corporation never gave up the dream of killing Castro and reclaiming their homeland.
This explosive biography reveals how an entire generation of political exiles, refugees, racketeers, corrupt cops, hitmen and their wives and girlfriends became caught up in this violent desire, and built a criminal empire surviving over 40 years. An epic tale of gangsters, drugs and violence, learn how The Corporation grew into one of the USA's most sordid and deadly organisations. Descended from a long line of psychics, Antoinetta has learned to rely on her other senses to "see" the world around her, but nothing could have prepared her for Byron.
He came to her, drawn by her music, and became her secret obsession. Others fear him, sensing that he is dangerous—a predator—but for Antoinetta he is her ultimate fantasy, her dream lover. He woos her with kisses full of erotic allure, whispering that she is his light, his salvation.
Byron has waited an eternity for her, and he will let nothing stand between him and the woman born to be his lifemate. He maintains at the outset that the importance of a physical law is not "how clever we are to have found it out but … how clever nature is to pay attention to it" and steers his discussions toward a final exposition of the elegance and simplicity of all scientific laws. She was loved everywhere she went, and the townsfolk of Wilcannia, which she called home in the late s, thought of her as kind and caring.
The officers at the local police station found Dulcie witty and charming, and looked forward to the scones and cakes she generously baked and delivered for their morning tea. That was one side of her. Only her daughter Hazel saw the real Dulcie.
And what she saw terrified her. Dulcie was in fact a cold, calculating killer who, by , had put three men in their graves — one of them the father of her four children, Ted Baron — in one of the most infamous periods of the state's history. She would have got away with it all had it not been for Hazel. Written by award—winning journalist Janet Fife—Yeomans together with Hazel Baron, My Mother, A Serial Killer is both an evocative insight into the harshness of life on the fringes of Australian society in the s, and a chilling story of a murderous mother and the courageous daughter who testified against her and put her in jail.
That evening, Bon's lifeless body was found, still in the car. He was pronounced dead on arrival at King's College Hospital. Worldwide, it would go on to become the biggest selling rock album of all time. There have been books that claim to tell his story. They haven't even come close. There wasn't a harder working band in the music business. Fink has answers to the nagging questions rock 'n' roll fans have been asking since and reveals secrets that will change music history.
Things came to a head when her BMI hit 42 and she was officially labelled morbidly obese with a fatty liver, high blood pressure and pre—diabetes. She took matters into her own hands, interviewing the models she worked with and researching medical reports and health and nutrition papers, until finally creating a healthy lifestyle plan that worked long term. The Little Book of Big Weightloss is a no—nonsense guide to radical and sustainable weight loss for anyone sick and tired of diet failure and confused by conflicting diet advice and complicated regimens. Based on a set of 31 food and lifestyle rules this little book offers a fresh can do approach to dieting and sustainable health.
He has six weeks to write the book, for which he? But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him — his life, his future.
Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl — and who is Kif Kehlmann? As time runs out, one question looms above all others: what is the truth? By turns compelling, comic and chilling, this is a haunting journey into the heart of our age. The break—up of a relationship can be devastating, leaving you overwhelmed with anger and grief. As Charlotte Friedman shows, it doesn't have to be that way. A former family barrister, Friedman decided to move from the courtroom to the therapist's chair in order to help people manage the emotional fall—out of divorce.
She offers calm, therapeutic advice on everything from how to manage loneliness to letting go of grievance, and draws on illuminating case studies to answer such questions as: How long before I get over this divorce? How do I tell the children? How do I cope with the new partner in my ex's life? This book is designed to give you the confidence to create a genuinely positive new story.
Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions. Hunted down, captured, tortured and on the run from one of South America's most powerful and ruthless drugs cartels and its psychotic leader thirsting for revenge, Luke is in a life—or—death race against time to prevent a disaster on a truly terrifying scale: London is the target, the weapon is diabolical and the means of delivery is ingenious.
Drawing on his years of experience reporting on security matters, Crisis is Frank Gardner's debut novel. Combining insider knowledge, up—to—the—minute hardware, fly on the wall insights with heart—in—mouth excitement, CRISIS boasts an irresistible, visceral frisson of authenticity: smart, fast—paced and furiously entertaining, here is a thriller for the 21st century. After the immediate shock came the guilt and the horror, for Nikki, her family, relatives and friends.
No note was left, so the questions that Elayn's euthanasia death raised were endless. Was it an act of independence, or its very opposite? A despairing act driven by a sense of hopelessness — or empowerment? After is the story of Elayn Gemmell — and the often difficult, prickly relationship between parents and children, and how that can change over time.
As anguished as it truthful, as powerful as it is profound, After is about life, death, elderly parents, hurt and healing, and about how little, sometimes, we know the ones we love the most. A deeply intimate, fiercely beautiful, bold and important book. As he becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina, his divorced wife, becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard's muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it's too late. This is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.
But when its devilish heir takes a fancy to Dacia, the sisters must team with a monster—fighting duo to break free from this horrific family legacy. When they realize that no one from home is coming to get them, the kids — along with Celie's pet griffin Rufus — set out through the forest to figure out where they are and what's happened to their beloved Castle. Instead, they discover two wizards and an entire lost people, the oldest inhabitants of Castle Glower.
And it seems they may know more of the Castle's secrets than Celie. But do they know how to get her back home? Europe is in ruins. Millions of people dream of finding happiness somewhere else. Fourteen year old Felix is one of them. When he's offered a journey to Australia, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone very dear to him, even though she wasn't actually invited. They have high hopes for Australia, and their dramatic arrival there makes them want to stay.
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But before Felix and Anya can embrace the love and friendship of their new land, they must confront the murderous urge for revenge still alive in the old. Felix knows he hasn't faced anything like this before. He may not survive, but he's hoping he will. Daphne secured the live—in position using an assumed name and fake credentials, on the run from a controlling husband who has threatened to take her daughter away after Daphne was diagnosed with Post Partum Mood Disorder.
Laurel Hobbes, who also has a daughter named Chloe, is everything Daphne isn't: charismatic, sophisticated, fearless. They form an intense friendship, share secrets, even start to look alike, dress alike, and talk alike. But being friends with Laurel will come at a very shocking price. With war looming, she worries for the children, who have to find their way in a changing world. Bridie is learning her trade at her mother Evie's side, and is becoming a talented chef.
Her cousin James has run away to fight in Spain, leaving the family devastated. And Tim, the boy Bridie has always loved, shocks everyone by joining the Black Shirts and going to Germany, discovering too late that he's playing a dangerous game. Heartbroken at Tim's defection, Bridie isn't sure she can ever forgive him. But somehow these three must find a way to reconcile, because if war does come, they will need each other more than ever? Riding bareback in a travelling show, while her sister Dandy risks her life on the trapeze, Meridon dedicates herself to freeing them both from danger and want.
But Dandy, beautiful, impatient, thieving Dandy, grabs too much, too quickly. And Meridon finds herself alone, riding in bitter grief through the rich Sussex farmlands towards a house called Wideacre — which awaits the return of the last of the Laceys. Although Jonah is only nine, he is the big brother, and knows enough about the world to keep her absence a secret. If anyone found out she'd left them alone, it could be disastrous for him and Raff; and she'll be back, he's nearly sure.
With growing unease, he puzzles over the clues she's left behind. Who sent her the flowers? Why are all her shoes still in the house? Why is her phone buried in a plant pot? And who, in their diverse south London community, might know more about her than he does? Henry's unexpected death leaves Catherine a widow at the age of Then her father, King Charles of France, also dies, and her son inherits both crowns. Henry VI, King of England and France, is just ten months old and needs all his mother's watchful care to protect him from political intrigue.
The queen, an attractive young widow, is a foreigner at the English court and now finds herself regarded with suspicion, particularly by the Duke of Gloucester, who will seemingly stop at nothing to protect his own claim to the throne. But lonely, vulnerable Catherine has found true friendship with another foreigner at court, a young Welshman named Owen. Their friendship deepens, but their liaisons must be kept secret at all costs, because Catherine, Queen of England and forbidden to remarry, is in love with a servant.
Eleanor Cobham has married into the highest ranks of the aristocracy — she is now the Duchess of Gloucester. She and her husband, the Duke Humphrey, set up a court of their own to rival the royal court in London, surrounding themselves with fascinating and influential people. But Eleanor craves the one thing she lacks: a son and heir, and with him a possible route to the throne of England.
Desperate, Eleanor turns to the one person she believes can help her: Margery Jourdemayne, a woman now remembered as the infamous Witch of Eye. Such help comes at a high price? Klutz is nuts! He kissed a pig on the lips and painted his bald head orange. And now he wants to bungee jump off the roof of the school dressed as Santa Claus! Patty is batty! Krup cracks me up! However, anything can happen when Ms.
Krup is in charge. She says the dinosaur skeletons come to life in the middle of the night. Is she right? As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi, with every teenage mistake making national headlines.
But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story of these two young women forging their own identities under extraordinary circumstances. In this book they take listeners on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, with never—before—told stories about their family, their adventures, their loves and losses, and the special sisterly bond that means everything to them.
Paisley: Anti—prom. Somehow nominated her anxiety—ridden best friend for prom king. Henry: Hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. Send help! Otis: Half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Not quite ready for a post—prom hotel room. Lizzie: Shy. Excited to go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn't know. Cameron: Loner. Over high school. Just wants to meet the mysterious girl who's been leaving him notes. Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl 3. Determined to become the star of her own life, starting with prom.
This book is a recreation of a masterpiece created by Tiro, the confidential secretary of Cicero, on his life. It presents Cicero as an immensely sympathetic figure and the world's first professional politician. Is his spark—maker beetle really that dangerous? I heard he drank yak's milk in Mongolia. He's the only person who isn't afraid of Canteen Carol. My mum says he used to be in the circus. Aloof and harsh, Stephen is unlike anyone she has ever met, a weird, irascible character out of some dense Russian novel.
His sister, Anna, is shy and thoughtful, a little orphan. Zoe and Russell, Stephen and Anna: they may come from different social worlds but all four will spend their lives moving in and out of each other's shadow. Set amid the lush gardens and grand stone houses that line the north side of Sydney Harbour, In Certain Circles is an intense psychological drama about family and love, tyranny and freedom. They'd even laugh at Shakespeare, Emily thought? They'd even laugh at God. Growing up neglected in a seedy boarding house, twelve—year—old Emily Lawrence befriends Max, a middle—aged scientist who encourages her to pursue her intellectual interests.
Innocent Emily will face scandal, suburban snobbery and psychological torment. Originally published in , The Long Prospect was described as second only to Patrick White's Voss in post—war Australian literature. As their mother slowly withdraws from them, the two are left to fend for themselves. Laura's boss Felix is there to help, even offering to marry Laura if she will have him.
However Felix is not all that he seems and little by little the two sisters grow complicit with his obsessions, his cruelty and his need to control. From the cleverest double—crosses to the most unlikely and maddest schemes, master storyteller Jim Haynes reminds us that we've never been shy of pulling a trick or two. So how did a clever bushman who 'couldn't lie straight in bed' steal a thousand head of cattle and get away with it even though he was caught 'red handed'?
And what about the disappearing work of art that suddenly dissolved only to reappear at an auction years later? Or how about the butcher from Wagga who passed himself off as a French—born English duke to inherit a small fortune. And then there was the small matter of a horse, a tin of paint and a million dollar double—cross that became known as the Fine Cotton Affair.
In only the way he can, Jim Haynes has collected a veritable 'Gullible's Tales' of unexpected and surprising true stories that may seem hard to believe. They are in the house in Sheffield that will do for the rest of their lives. In the garden next door is a retired doctor, whose four children have long since left home. When the shadow of death passes over Nazia and Sharif's party, Doctor Spinster's actions are going to bring the two families together, for decades to come. The Friendly Ones is about two families. In it, people with very different histories can fit together, and redeem each other.
One is a large and loosely connected family who have come to England from the subcontinent in fits and starts, brought to England by education, and economic possibilities. Or driven away from their native country by war, murder, crime and brutal oppression — things their new neighbours know nothing about. At the heart of their story is betrayal and public shame. The secret wound that overshadows the Spinsters, their neighbours next door, is of a different kind: Leo, the eldest son, running away from Oxford University aged eighteen.
How do you put these things right, in England, now? Spanning decades and with a big and beautifully drawn cast of characters all making their different ways towards lives that make sense, The Friendly Ones, Philip Hensher's moving and timely new novel, shows what a nation is made of; how the legacies of our history can be mastered by the decision to know something about people who are not like us.
But few of Essie's friends know her secret shame: that in a moment of maternal despair, she once walked away from her new—born, asleep in her carriage in a park. Disaster was avoided and Essie got better, but she still fears what lurks inside her, even as her daughter gets older and she has a second baby.
When a new woman named Isabelle moves in next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in the neighbourhood. Why single, when everyone else is married with children? Why renting, when everyone else owns? What mysterious job does she have? And why is she so fascinated with Essie? As the two women grow closer and Essie's friends voice their disapproval, it starts to become clear that Isabelle's choice of neighbourhood was no accident.
And that her presence threatens to bring shocking secrets to light. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope, literally, falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house?
She too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage. The two allies become embroiled in a series of hilarious madcap adventures as they cross—dress, run into escaped criminals and save people from their own dramatics. Little do they predict their feelings for one another blossoming into romance. Filled with ex—wives, evangelists, and an armed pit—bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist, New York Times best—selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.
Sixto is his hulking, pistol—packing attendant, whose job satisfaction is on the wane. When an aging mobster enters their lives with a promise to help the rebel cause—with a planeload of chickens originally intended for voodoo sacrifice—a tense situation turns combustible. From the wickedly funny mind of Carl Hiaasen comes "The Edible Exile," a raucous story of sleazeball nihilists, lovable thugs, and jungle—weary freedom fighters who collide in a battle of wills, ego, and the almighty dollar. This cheeky tale, written twenty—five years ago, set aside, and recently rediscovered, is a time—capsule glimpse of Miami during the over—the—top s, when everyone was on the make and gross excess was the order of the day.
In an intriguing twist, Hiaasen had lost his original ending to the story. Finish with your second best. Make sure your face matches the material. He's studied the best. He's memorised all the advice. He spends hours writing new gags and thinking up crazy sketches … So when the school run a talent contest, of course he's going to enter. What he doesn't count on is: Last minute total meltdown His best mate pulling out zero seconds before going on Teeny tiny Kitty Hope and her own bonkers ambitions His stepdad's own 'funny' ideas And headmaster, Meredith Pavey, who very definitely has it in for him.
Comedy gold from a comedy genius. Until she moves to her ex—husband's secret vineyard … Grace Middleton knew that her ex—husband Jake was a lying, cheating, wife—abandoning bastard. Stuart, Sally E. WaterBrook, paper. Its only drawback is that it does not cover small press or literary publishers that sometimes publish Christian fiction, such as Hampton Roads discussed later in this chapter. Bookstore Journal. This journal is the official publication of the Christian Booksellers Association and offers uncritical reviews of Evangelical Christian Publishers Association titles.
Catholic Library World. Christian Library Journal. Published quarterly, Christian Library Journal is one of the best sources for reviews of Christian fiction, running 15 to 30 young adult reviews and 15 to 30 adult reviews in each issue. Some of the young adult titles are from the mainstream press; all of the adult titles are evangelical. Christian romances predominate. Christianity and the Arts. This publication often runs articles on Christian fiction. Web Sites 9 Library Journal. This journal offers a regular column and some coverage in fiction and advance pages.
Library Materials Guide. Publishers Weekly. Romantic Times. Bethany House—www. The majority of Christian novels that public library patrons ask for are in these series, and they will want to know the order. They maintain a variety of genre lists. Most of the Christian fiction covered is evangelical, and coverage is far from exhaustive, but this is a dynamic site that keeps growing. The site lists evangelical series, but perhaps the most useful feature is the listing of new titles by month of publication. Some reviews can be found here as well.
Christian Bookstore Association—www. Christian Classics Ethereal Library—www. Christian Library Journal—www. Christianity and the Arts—www. Evangelical Christian Publishers Association—www. Their discount is smaller than the bigger jobbers, but their service is more personalized, and for the librarian in a hurry without much knowledge of Christian fiction, IBD can be the answer.
IBD is also a good site for staying informed about forthcoming titles. Romantic Times—www. DATABASES No database is good enough to substitute for informed librarians who read reviews and fiction regularly, but, on the other hand, no individual can be equally well informed in all areas. It is increasingly available in midsized to large public libraries. It is a commercial database, but, for an electronic source, a relatively cheap one.
It makes finding Christian fiction easy and often offers reviews from Booklist and other media. It is a constantly evolving database, and developments late in made its keyword searching feature comprehensive, not merely in titles and subject headings but in reviews and features as well. There are no articles or tips on book talks. Effectively, it may be cheaper than NoveList in states where libraries access it through consortia. Many Christian titles are contained in the database, though evangelical users may be mildly annoyed when their searches bring up quantities of New Age titles as well.
What Do I Read Next? The Web sites of Amazon. The sales rankings both sites offer is an interesting feature, giving at ublishers Christian Fiction Publishers 11 least one guide to popularity. Both sites also contain a suggested further reading feature as well as customer comments and occasional comments from authors. These can be useful, but lack the rigor of NoveList. The customer comments, in fact, are often crude and, to be kind, anti-intellectual, and must make authors cringe.
Books in Print has moved aggressively to incorporate the best innovations of these other sources into its Web product. Though laid out clearly and with many search options, Books in Print tends to operate more slowly than Amazon. Most are members of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Its profits support Bethany College for Missions and Bethany Fellowship International, an interdenominational organization sending evangelical missionaries around the world. Bethany prints most of its own books in a modern facility near the editorial offices and often prints the overflow work from other ECPA companies such as Multnomah and Tyndale.
Bethany has been the leader in evangelical fiction publishing, laying down the series model and the romance model for their ECPA colleagues. Box Uhrichsville, OH www. Also, their authors are often first-timers and unknowns, and some do not reappear. These are mass market paperbacks that look much like Harlequins and are a great buy for paperback racks. Barbour also publishes an attractive trade paperback series of novellas—four novellas in each—themed around such topics as frontiers, the Northwest, Greece, prairie brides, and friendship, all priced a bit under their equivalents with other Christian publishers.
These are mass markets and are more often to be seen in libraries than Barbour titles. They are also somewhat less stringently edited for innuendo, but are otherwise similar to Barbour titles. The romances themselves tend to feature strong heroines maintaining their faith against all odds; the reward for their faith is a good man, a baby, or a sharp upturn in fortunes. Harlequins are perishable, thus only representative titles are covered in this book. Multnomah has also experimented with humor in its romances, particularly from Jones and McCourtney.
Multnnomah Publishers is a hard charger in the world of evangelical fiction and threatens to overtake Bethany. Box 80 Wheaton, IL ext. Grand Rapids, MI www. The house is particularly strong in its mystery line, and, perhaps because of its association with HarperCollins, draws a number of crossover talents, such as Blackstock and Sprinkle.
Zondervan has won more Gold Medallions, mostly in nonfiction, than any other house. Academy Blvd. Davis Bunn and Jane Kirkpatrick, have moved to it, at least temporarily. Wheaton, IL www. One of their most popular current authors is W. In the house published 13 fiction titles, including historical romances from Bonnie Leon and Kay Rizzo and some superior legal thrillers from James Scott Bell.
A significant editorial change was announced in the fall of Box Nashville, TN www. It is a large company. Nelson owns W Publishing Group. W Publishing, in fact, is a good source for Christian thrillers, often with a biting political edge. Box Grand Rapids, MI www. Lliteras p. What Christian fiction the house does publish, at the rate of three or four per year, is among the best in the field.
The house also publishes intriguing explorations of Native American religions and fiction that mix New Age and Christian sensibilities. The best thing about Hampton Roads is that it brings forth fresh, exploratory voices that are free of cant. LaSalle Blvd. Chicago, IL www. Awards 15 The following publishers release significant work, but their fiction outputs are small.
Camp Hill, PA www. Box Tulsa, OK www. Box Orleans, MA www. Box Enumclaw, WA www. Box Nampa, ID www. CBA retailers are the judges, and, perhaps because of that, winners tend to be bestsellers. The Book of Ruth, whatever its historical or spiritual truth, is a compressed but highly sophisticated short story about a Hebrew woman, Naomi, and the Moab wife of one of her sons, Ruth.
When her husband and sons die, Naomi must return in poverty to Bethlehem. She encourages her two daughters-in-law to return to their native land, but Ruth, in a beautiful statement of loyalty, refuses: whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Her loyalty, her humility, and her ingenuity—in finding a way to feed herself and Naomi, and in finding another husband, Boaz—are rewarded, and thus, among other things, her story becomes an archetype for romance fiction.
The less joyous and ultimately puzzling story of Job also continues to instruct fiction writers. The Devil makes a deal with God to send plagues upon Job, his most faithful servant, to see if Job will deny his Master. Job never does, despite his complete ruin, and thus the ages are given a model for suffering and service.
However, scholars quarrel over what this joke that God plays on even his most faithful means. Although evangelical writers avoid the idea of a Jehovah who could seem capricious or malevolent, Jewish fiction writers find the tale endlessly evocative, of a God not so much capricious as inscrutable. Secular writers see Job as an existential parable. The Old Testament is a treasure trove for fiction writers. And so is the New Testament. The Crucifixion has been rendered in fiction dozens of times, both reverentially and with blasphemy, and Revelation is the backbone of a host of contemporary apocalyptic novels.
Bunyan was a persecuted nonconformist preacher who did most of his writing in jail.
His masterpiece first appeared in and became immensely popular, though it did little to relieve his poverty. Fielding, Richardson, and Sterne duly noted, it was really not until the nineteenth century that British fiction came into its own, beginning at last to cast off the notion, always with us to an extent, that fiction is no more than frivolous entertainment. Primrose, is a bumbler, and it is partly through his trusting incompetence that the family he is so proud of loses its fortune, his daughter is seduced, his house is burned down, and he is thrown in jail.
Tempering all the melodrama, however, is Dr. Nonetheless, his melodramatic tale, set in A. There were many such novels, most of them deservedly forgotten. Rhodes This description captures many contemporary Christian historicals. Much fiction was written in explication of the Oxford Movement, a call for purity that passed through the Anglican Church in the s and s.
The essence of the Oxford Movement was that the Anglican Church had grown too political and too beholden to the state. The schism was aggravated by virulently anti-Catholic writers, notably the Anglican prelate Charles Kingsley, with his fifth century tale Hypatia and especially with his vivid account of Elizabethan adventures at sea, Westward Ho! British Classics 21 Cardinal John Henry Newman, originally the leader of the Oxford Movement, later to shock the Anglican Church by converting to Catholicism, was intellectually much at odds with Kingsley. In some ways, his novel Callista , University of Notre Dame, pp.
The Romantic Movement was already dying by the time George Eliot published her first novel, Scenes of Clerical Life, in , set in a sharply etched rural England and featuring three realistically drawn ministers. Young Ernest is forced into the clergy. His ignorance, lack of belief, and repressed sexuality bring him to ruin when he naively confuses a decent woman with a prostitute and grows violent with her.
In the end, he manages a modest comeback, but not before he has rejected every facet of his upbringing. Queen Victoria died in , perfectly symbolizing the end of the era named for her and the birth of a most unromantic century. The popularity of MacDonald, whose realistic novels were romantic by twentieth century standards, was eclipsed by the new century as well. Religion had lost favor to science Phillips Among a select group of writers, however, notably C. And his popularity was actually growing again by the end of the twentieth century, in considerable measure because of the efforts of evangelical novelist Michael Phillips.
No writer could be comfortable with such treatment, but Phillips would have been the first to recommend the originals over his modernizations: He was simply trying to reintroduce a forgotten master. MacDonald was an intriguing writer in several genres: realistic, historical, romantic, and fantastic. He wrote about 50 books, 31 of them adult novels. All contain religious inquiries, ranging from astounding fantasies of Heaven to speculations on the afterlife of animals. Lewis, whose reading of The Phantastes set him on the road to conversion.
MacDonald, a true Christian mystic, was also an original. They still do. The Complete Fairy Tales. Penguin Classics, paper. Michael Phillips, ed. The solitary and loveless Mr. Vane returns to his ancestral home, and in the pursuit of quiet scholarship finds himself slipping into the spirit world. His magic house makes the journey five times, encountering, among myriad others, Adam and Eve, who give the impetus to Mr. Beasts, angels, and fairy-like women greet him at every interval and draw him through paradoxical adventures.
He falls in love, but only to find himself once more in his odd house, unsure if he is awake, asleep, or dead. Phantastes: A Faerie Romance. Eerdmans, paper. Allegorical in the tradition of Bunyan, and hopeful, it is also darkly psychological, like the musings of Edgar Allan Poe, and dreamlike. At the Back of the North Wind. Tor, paper. The Princess and Curdie. Originally published in Penguin Puffin Classics , paper. The Princess and the Goblin. Lewis in the s, consisting of Lewis, J. Tolkien, and Charles Williams, to name only the most influential among them.
Both Williams and Tolkien were great friends of Lewis, and their influence clearly shows in his work, in turn the most British Classics 23 influential on the Christian fantasy to follow. But Williams and Tolkien, though not enemies, were far apart aesthetically and in their religious views and were never on intimate terms Carpenter Chesterton, almost their contemporary, for his Father Brown mysteries and for his extraordinary metaphysical mystery The Man Who Was Thursday. Lewis is one of a handful of Christian fiction writers who are universally respected.
Among evangelical writers he is revered and proudly acknowledged as an influence. Much of what Lewis had to say is nonfiction. It is the traditional case, in particular for marriage, causing some to label him a misogynist for proclaiming the necessary subjectivity of women. Some feel he failed and feel that the book, published under the pseudonym of N. Clerk, amounts to a repudiation of faith.
The Complete Chronicles of Narnia. Though splendidly entertaining for children as adventure stories full of delightful creatures, each story also had an element of menace about it, and each demonstrates the differences between wrong and right. There is a nether region in Narnia, the Shadowlands, and a Christ-like figure, the lion Aslan, who becomes the great hero of the series. Though always conscious of his juvenile audience, Lewis interwove a subtext of Christian thought throughout the series, as well as references to Greek mythology and the works of George MacDonald and H.
Ryder Haggard, which may well account for the appeal of the series to adults. The concluding tale, with its anti-Christ figure, scheme of death and resurrection, and powerful portrait of the sparkling shores of the New Narnia, will remind readers of J. Broadman and Holman, paper. Ghosts accompany him and others to the outskirts of Heaven, where appropriate guides offer a tour and invitation to remain.
A more profound and ambitious work than Screwtape below , The Great Divorce never attained similar popularity, though Michael Phillips imitates it in The Garden at the Edge of Beyond p. The Screwtape Letters. Many editions. Brave philologist Dr. Elwin Ransom, said to be modeled on J. Tolkien, is abducted by a mad scientist, Dr. Weston, and his henchman to the planet Malacandra Mars. He escapes to make a Lilliputian sort of tour among several intelligent races, allowing Lewis to satirize terrestrial society, which at the time is about to plunge into World War II. Unwittingly, Dr. Ransom has brought news from the silent planet setting cosmic events in motion.
Maleldil hints that Ransom has not been sent to Malacandra by accident; great events are mounting in the heavens, and a battle with the evil one, who rules the silent planet Thulcandra, or Earth, is imminent. Commanded by Maleldil but unaware of his mission, Dr.
Ransom journeys to Perelandra, or Venus, to save it from malevolent powers represented by Dr. It is a world without sin, and no one, including Ransom, wears clothes. Weston-as-Demon tempts her, appealing to her vanity first. With Till We Have Faces, Lewis thought Perelandra his most successful fiction; it seems much influenced by the novels of Charles Williams discussed later.
That Hideous Strength. With a tale anticipating apocalyptic novels odd years in the future, Lewis manipulates the dark and light forces of his first two novels in a battle for Earth. The powers of darkness are symbolized by the governmental agency N. Ransom counters N.
Harcourt, paper. A retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche, what Christian mythology can be found in it is too obscure for most readers. Tolkien The most eminent of the Inklings is J. Tolkien, a philology professor at Oxford who was heavily influential in C. An extremely private man, he avoided public pronouncements and concentrated on his writing. Tolkien invented Middle Earth, an ancient land peopled with hobbits—about half the size of humans but much like them.
Middle Earth also contains elves, dwarves, and orcs, not to mention dragons, sentient trees, and other fanciful creatures. Tolkien is less influential on Christian fiction than on fantasy writing as a whole. Frodo Baggins is arguably a Christ-figure, and the lines between good and evil are clear. But Tolkien is such a subtle and referential writer, his mythology of Middle Earth so full, that some readers are not consciously aware of his Christian intent.
These may be universal virtues, but they are also Christian. And the passing of Middle Earth and the innocent goodness of the hobbits is like the fall of man in Eden. Men, intrinsically neither good nor evil, fight among themselves and neglect the true evils before them. Hobbits knew better. The Hobbit.
First published in , The Hobbit was so popular in England that a sequel was imperative, much as has been the case for J. Not unlike Tolkien himself, the hobbit, or Bilbo Baggins, is a peaceful, retiring, decidedly middle-class creature. On the recommendation of Gandalf, perhaps the greatest fictional wizard ever created, he is hired by a group of dwarves to aid them in their quest for family treasure, which is guarded by the fierce dragon Smaug in the Lonely Mountain in the East. Their quest is comic and yet quite serious. Naturally, they are beset with all manner of perils during their quest: wolves, orcs, and horrid spiders.
Often, Gandalf must rescue them, but Bilbo becomes vital to the quest as well, because of his cleverness and because of the power of the magic ring that he takes from a strange creature named Gollum, who will also appear in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That ring was originally the property of the Dark Lord Suaron, and if he can secure it once more, he will have the power to destroy Middle Earth, and rule absolutely.
The ring can control the world, but once its powers are invoked, it also controls its bearer. He is determined not to use the ring, but he is an every man, even the weakling Christ, and he is sorely tempted. The ongoing moral is clear: You cannot attain goodness by evil means. A great council of the good peoples decides that the ring must be destroyed, but that can only be done by casting it into the fire from which it came.
The fire rages in Mordor, where the enemy, Sauron, and his Black Riders dwell. Thus, the long and difficult journey begins. The Two Towers. As the novel closes, a great darkness falls over Middle Earth, and the War of the Rings begins. The Return of the King. In the end, even the great Gandalf cannot help him.
He must prevail over ghastly, palpable evil with his own free will. Meanwhile, in the War of the Rings itself, Sauron is at last defeated. And yet there is a note of sadness to the triumph, for the Third Age of Middle Earth has come to an end. The fate of the world will henceforth be in the hands of humans.
The remaining two installments will be released at Christmas time and The Silmarillion. Mariner Books, paper. Though majestic, it is also dense, and not as compulsively readable as the better-known novels. He is at last defeated in the War of Wrath, but then Sauron begins his own consolidation of evil and rise to power. Lord of the Rings 27 T. This led him down trails bordering on the occult, and evangelical readers, by and large, would not be comfortable reading his novels.
Others will find him difficult and obscure, particularly in his later novels, such as Descent into Hell. Nothing is as it seems in a Williams novel. The spiritual world, which Williams portrays by drawing not only from Christian teachings but also from Greek mythology, freely intermingles with the observable world. This can seem baffling to the uninitiated reader, but once he or she understands what Williams is up to, the novels become a rare delight.
A good novel to start with is The Place of the Lion. Out of print. Lester Furnival, who has died, finds herself in a peculiar London where the past, present, and future exist simultaneously. Is she in Heaven? Another character, Simon LeClerc, uses sorcery to manipulate spiritual life and also regresses, but to evil effect. Descent into Hell. Hell on Earth is a world so obsessed with self that love for others is no longer possible. The Greater Trumps. The Greater Trumps is the story of widower Lothair Coningsby, who is willed a deck of ancient Tarot cards that he is supposed to turn over to the British Museum.
Many Dimensions. An upright man, Lord Arglay, and an amoral or perhaps Satanic figure, Sir Giles, seek out its miraculous powers, which, even when divided, are still retained. But the stone is hard to control. For instance, one man tries to go back in time. But he can only return to one particular time and must live out his life exactly as he did before. The Place of the Lion. Damaris Tighe, a young philosopher, is trying to write about ancient Greek archetypes. The vaguely occultist group of intellectuals to which she belongs imagines these archetypes into the real world, and with horrid effects.
Anthony Durrant, the other major character, is at last able to put the world right by becoming a sort of Adam, naming the beasts and describing their correct roles. Shadows of Ecstasy. After much 3 28 Chapter 3—Christian Classics anthropological work in Africa, Considine has learned how to draw upon the great, dark forces of ecstasy—for instance, he has lived for years.
Roger is swept up by the power and inescapable logic of Considine, who mounts a small invasion with his African forces on England. As his power spreads across Europe, it becomes clear that Considine is the Antichrist, but a most curious one: tolerant of Christianity as interesting but inferior to his own philosophy, and the bearer of dark tidings that may be inevitable.
War in Heaven. Williams sets a search for the Holy Grail in contemporary pre-War England, pitting various personalities—Archdeacon Davenant, a Father Brown sort of figure who unravels the true nature of the Grail, and the evil though sometimes agreeable anthropologist Sir Giles of Many Dimensions—in competition and at odds. Poe, of course, wrote short stories and is variously tagged as the father of the short story, the macabre short story, and the detective story.
Hawthorne wrote the first great American novel, The Scarlet Letter, in , and it is also the first American Christian novel of any consequence. Hester does not regard herself as a fallen woman, and eventually the scarlet letter she wears becomes a badge of honor. She becomes, in contemporary terms, a feminist heroine, even a kind of Madonna. Dimmesdale, however, is crushed beneath the weight of his sins, and falls to ruin. The novel is a classic slave narrative—the story of the faithful, cruelly used Tom— juxtaposed with a freedom narrative, the story of Eliza and Harry, slaves who escape from Kentucky and make their way through the Quaker-run Underground Railroad to Canada, where they plan to found a new nation in Africa.
And Uncle Tom, who has survived in popular American Classics 29 consciousness mainly as a stereotype of the browbeaten Negro, is not that at all. Later, he seeks revenge and eventually becomes a Christian. The novel breaks the ground for the much better biblical novels to appear later, such as Lloyd C. Its influence was social and religious, rather than literary. The liberation theologians of their day, social gospel advocates held that the terrible waste of human beings found in rapidly industrializing English and American cities could be addressed if only business were to be conducted according to Christian principles.
These theologians were activists among the poor: The Salvation Army, founded in England in , is a real-world expression of social gospel. Sheldon was the pastor of Central Congregational Church in Topeka, where one day he preached a sermon about a young printer, in desperate straits, who comes to a town very much like Topeka and appeals for help to a busy minister.
With regret, the minister turns him away. From this simple message a mighty revival sweeps across the country. Even today, the novel has more than one publisher. In the process, he puts things right in other respects as well, dispensing his Christ-like wisdom in 3 30 Chapter 3—Christian Classics moralistic speeches and selfless good deeds. The novel remains popular because of its continued celebration in a Branson theme park and has been filmed several times, most enduringly in In the years before Janette Oke made her mark, Christian romance readers lamented that there was nothing to read but Grace Livingston Hill, and they were nearly right.
There were Pearl Buck and Beth Streeter Aldrich perhaps, whose works were uplifting and about women, but only Hill combined love stories with an overtly Christian message. Early in her long career—from the turn of the twentieth century through much of —she drew from family stories and on occasion used men as her protagonists as in her spy novel, The Best Man, published in But she is best known as a writer of Horatio Alger, Jr.
The plot does not take long to reveal itself. Luckily, handsome, rich Jeffrey Wainwright is passing in his fancy automobile and carries away poor Camilla to the bedside of her dying mother, to whom Camilla was carrying medicine. She crawls home, where, exactly as in the New Testament parable, her family receives her with joy. Then her husband died of appendicitis, leaving Hill with two young girls to raise, and the necessity to make a living. A hard-working, courageous woman, Hill literally wrote herself out of poverty.
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Almost 20 years later, when she was a financial success and deeply involved both in her writing and church work, she married again. The marriage was a quick failure, resulting in a lifelong separation because Hill did not believe in divorce. Ironically, the woman who held out the Holy Grail of marriage for so many young women herself had no luck with it, and effectively became a spinster Karr If only for her quaintness, she is still worth reading, though in small and infrequent doses.
Barbour Publications, which directs its publications to an audience of older, conservative women, issues Hill romances periodically. Otherwise, they are out of print. The novel caused an uproar, and other major novelists put forth their own versions; for example, Erskine Caldwell with Journeyman Dostoevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. But long before the murder of old Karamazov, a figure of almost pure lust who clearly deserves murdering, we meet the brothers. The Idiot. Myshkin marries neither; he is not of the flesh. In fact, he is too good for the world. His suffering and humility, his goodness of heart, prove inadequate weapons before evil, and he descends into a divine idiocy.
Sienkiewicz, Henryk. Quo Vadis. But the principal story is of Lygia, a Christian, and Marcus Vinicius, a soldier. Lygia loves Vinicius but loves Christ more, whereas Vinicius, a young, impetuous noble, is gentled by Lygia and her faith. The novel has been filmed many times; the best-known version was released in and stars Robert Tayler as Marcus Vinicius, Deborah Kerr as Lygia, and Peter Ustinov as the unctuous, dangerous Nero.
The director was Mervyn LeRoy. The Red and the Black. But in the post-Napoleonic France of the s, men rise to power in the State the Black through the accident of their birth or through the Church the Red. Thus, Julien becomes a priest and seemingly a smart, devout one. Actually, he is a hypocrite, using the Church to meet wellborn women, with whom he sleeps, in hopes of advancing in society. Perhaps because writers are working with the essence of their faith, they write closest to the heart, and are less inclined to lean on formulas.
Even so, biblical fiction is now a clear subgenre of Christian fiction, and its sales are dwarfed by Christian romances, which dominate the field. At the least, biblical fiction is an entertaining way to better acquaint oneself with the Bible because writers of biblical fiction are generally careful with their scholarship.
The Lord Is My Strength. Beacon Hill, paper. The Lord Is My Song. Hezekiah faces crises of the state and in his household in the third entry of Chronicles of the Kings. His wife, confronting infertility, embarks on ungodly measures, and gets everyone in trouble. Among the Gods. In the last volume of Chronicles of the Kings, Joshua makes a home for himself in Egypt, leading his exiled people, the Levites. King Manasseh descends further into corruption, until finally the Kingdom of Judah is overwhelmed from without, and Manasseh is imprisoned.
Son of Laughter. An exquisite stylist, Buechner evokes the earthy, semi-nomadic, nearly pagan lifestyle of the Israelites in this poetic rendering of Jacob, son of Isaac whose name means laughter. Although Buechner follows the biblical account, he brings it to life with sensory imagery so vivid that his setting seems like another planet. Deseret Shadow Mountain. In an afterword, Card discusses some of the liberties he took with the tantalizing but often puzzling Genesis account, and why.
He also gives one of his sources as the Mormon scripture, The Pearl of Great Price, which may distress some evangelical readers. The second novel in the series will be about Rebecca, wife of Isaac. From biblical, Jewish, and archeological accounts, Cardwell admirably fashions life in ancient Jericho a little before the walls come tumbling down. For the most part, she tells the story of Rahab, not a prostitute in this rendering but a feminist heroine, striving to maintain her independence and dignity as a weaver and dye maker in a bazaar dominated by a guild of males.
A rebel about to be turned into an outcast by the political machinations of the guild, Rahab aids the enemy she loves. The Fifth Mountain. When Queen Jezebel declares that all Israelites must worship Baal and that every prophet of the One God must be killed, the young prophet Elijah concludes that his days are numbered. But an angel appears to him and sends him on a long journey into the Phoenician homeland of Jezebel, where, on the fifth mountain, Baal supposedly dwells.
The Red Tent. She flees to Egypt, where eventually she establishes herself as a midwife. It is often used in book discussion groups. Tamar, the heroine of Unveiled, was the Canaanite woman given in marriage to the house of Judah whose heart slowly turned to the God of the Hebrews. Judah, in particular, is well drawn as the weak patriarch plagued with guilt over the fate of his brother, Joseph.
When Jericho fell, she went to live among the enemy. The beautiful, simple story of Ruth, faithful to God and duty despite privation, is told in Unshaken. In the final entry of her Lineage of Grace series, Rivers takes on the most revered of biblical women: Mary, the mother of Jesus. Rivers is trying hard here, however, to create a memorable portrait. Does she succeed?
The Song of Ruth. Jerusalem—The City of God. Harvest House, paper. Jerusalem is a massive historical treatment of Jerusalem from prehistoric geology through the struggles of refugees in contemporary Israel. Harvest, paper. Not much is known about the priest and king of ancient Salem, precursor to Jerusalem. He poetically captures the courtship of a small-town couple named Mary and Joseph, the birth of their son, and the rise, political repression, and crucifixion of a Messiah.
David of Jerusalem. De Wohl emphasizes the overwhelming power of David: not quite brutal but not to be denied. His Bathsheba is young, innocent, and compliant rather than complicit. Kregel, paper. Hawkins portrays the court of David when he was about 50 years old, and when Bathsheba was around 20, but their famous affair is merely the backdrop for the story of his Gibborim, or those soldiers closest to him, almost bodyguards.
Ailea is a young Aramean woman, the tomboy daughter of a general who becomes the captive bride of Jonathan, one of the Gibborim. The Desires of the Heart. The Heart of a Lion. Stone Tables. While serving as a missionary in Brazil, science fiction writer Card wrote a play based on the Egyptian flight from Egypt. Many years later, he wrote this novel telling the same story. He draws out the military side of Moses, emphasizing that he was an Egyptian general as well as the leader of his persecuted people.
Some of his Mormon theology may put off evangelicals, but he makes flesh and blood of Moses. His minor characters, such as Zeporah, his devout betrothed; Aaron, his ambitious brother; and the shrewd Hapshepsut, his adopted mother, are also ably drawn. Bethany, paper. In the sequel to Dreamers, set about 22 years later, Joseph has become the powerful and prosperous leader of his people.
He turns the tables on the brothers who sold him into slavery when, stricken by famine, they come to him. Romance arises when Joseph confines the brash Simeon to teach him some manners; his restless spirit appeals to Mandisa, a widow assigned to serve him. Landorf follows the familiar story of Joseph, but her manner of telling is unusually engaging. She takes the points of view of women who loved Joseph: his mother, Rachel; his stepmother, Leah; his sister-in-law, Sherah; his wife, Asenath; and the jealous Khnumet, wife of an eminent Egyptian official who attempts to seduce Joseph and who brings him grief when he refuses her.
Karmichael, paper. Moses: The Lost Book of the Bible. New Millennium. The Magdalene Gospel. Together, they evoke the New Testament 39 desperate sadness of the Crucifixion and the subsequent triumph of the Resurrection. Though never pedantic, Ashcroft intersperses scriptural references to show the basis of her careful but passionate scenes. I, Judas. Caldwell tells the life story of Judas in his own words in this diverting exercise, imagining his life before he knew Jesus, departing somewhat from Gospel accounts afterward.
Judas follows Jesus because he was a Zealot opposing the rule of Rome; he is never sure if Jesus is the Messiah but begins to wonder. He is not quite the villain of popular myth, but neither is he a pleasant man: He is arrogant, impetuous, lascivious, and corruptible. The Gospel of the Beloved Disciple. Jesus does not survive his day trial in the wilderness in this gospel variant, nor is he necessarily the Messiah. He is beset with various temptations, devilish enough, but altogether terrestrial. At last, he sinks into a final madness born of his hunger, though Crace, perhaps overly impressed that no human being could survive 40 days of fasting in combination with physical trial, does not quite dismiss the possibility of resurrection.
The Thomas Jesus. Fortney, an American Buddhist, was much under the influence of the Jesus Seminar in this first novel. Even so, doubting Thomas does not doubt that Jesus is divine. King Jesus. Farrar, paper. Nonfiction inspirational writer Holmes wrote this bestselling trilogy reverentially, but with the intention of revealing the ordinary, human side of Jesus and those close to him.
In the sequel to Two from Galilee, Holmes imagines the boyhood and young manhood of Jesus, which goes all but unmentioned in the Gospels and has rarely been treated in fiction. The Messiah. But although she adheres closely to Gospel accounts, she tells her story from the point of view of Jesus, once again using her uniquely intimate approach.
The Gospel of Yeshua. Relying on scholarship to sort out the contradictions between John and the Synoptic Gospels, and making some educated guesses to fill gaps, Johnson tells in simple but affecting prose the straightforward story of Jesus the great teacher. The Last Temptation of Christ. He marries Mary Magdalene instead, and leads a pleasant pastoral life. Sometimes, in overcoming temptation, he had to succumb. Nonetheless, particularly because of the love scenes between Jesus and Mary, some evangelicals were outraged and mounted a national campaign to ban or boycott the film.
I Came to Love You Late. The Man Who Died. Lund also treats the Roman authority in depth, and Jesus himself. Sequels will cover the ministry of Jesus and the adventures of the apostles. Fishers of Men. Come Unto Me. The Gospel According to the Son. Synthesizing historical accounts and the gospel according to John, he strives mightily to rectify errors and embellishments in accounts of Jesus, offering a Jesus sitting on the right hand of God, humble and loving, grieving over the monstrous evil that dominated the 2, years following his death, but hopeful that good may still triumph.
The Gospel of Joseph. Behold the Man. MoJo Press, paper. The Greatest Story Ever Told. Image Books, paper. The Gospel of Corax. I, the Christ. Hampton Roads, paper. But his intention to reveal to the masses the immediacy and universality of God alienates him from established Judaism, and he becomes a doomed prophet. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. Jesus is a sweet, naive young man, who embarks on the puzzling path toward wisdom, and yet his destiny is not in his own hands; he is a lamb bound for slaughter.
He is also a normal young man curious about women, and in scenes of great sensuality but also of innocence and beauty, finds love in the arms of Mary Magdalene. He is profoundly changed, perhaps even redeemed. Saramago, winner of the Nobel Prize in , has written a dark masterpiece that seems to have escaped the wrath of book banners in the United States, perhaps because his style is so difficult, hardly designed to inflame masses. Slaughter uses the lowly servant of a Pharisee, Jonas, as a point-of-view character. Contriving for him to appear in the vicinity of every major setting—including both the Nativity and the Crucifixion—can prove awkward.
But this is a quibble, for on balance Slaughter is slavishly attentive to New Testament accounts. If a reader seeks a completely orthodox fictionalization of the Gospels, this is the one. Live from Golgotha. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The Miracle Maker. Watts novelizes the animated film of the same title, telling the story of Jesus from the point of view of a young girl, Tamar.
Instead, moved by the Crucifixion, he forgives his enemy. Bold Galilean. Blythe tells the story of Christ from his final weeks through his Resurrection from the points of view of two Romans: the centurion Gaius, who respects the traditions of Jewish law, but respects the might of the sword even more; and his rich friend Marcus, who feels anything can be bought with money, even, or perhaps especially, love. Both are proven wrong through the preaching and example of Jesus, and become Christians.
Blythe constructs some provocative subplots: Judas makes his famous bargain with Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest, and Marcus falls in love with Mary Magdalene. New Directions, paper. Somewhat in the spirit of D. Judas the Gentile. Hampton Roads. Lliteras portrays with almost unbearable intimacy the agony of Judas, who must at last confront the lies he has told himself. He believed that Jesus should have been a political revolutionary, actively fighting against Roman tyranny.
In the end, his turmoil is all the worse because he at last understands that he has aided in slaying the Son of God. Lliteras is a subtle stylist, writing in compact sentences and with punchy, realistic dialogue reminiscent of Ernest Hemingway. It is so honest and elemental that it seems like the truth.
The Thieves of Golgotha. Lliteras uses plain, deceptively simple prose and frank dialogue to flesh out the anguished stories of the two thieves who died with Christ on Golgotha. Despite their depravity, the reader is drawn to the two men, hoping for their redemption from the cruel Roman prison and the meanest of deaths.
A tough, vivid, extraordinary novel. The Christ Commission. Later, in a hotel bar, a customer slugs him for his irreverence, and he passes out. Divine Invasion. John the Baptizer is also drawn fully, as a fire-breathing revolutionary, and Herod and his wife come across as a real married couple, playful and flippantly lascivious. A Jewish shopkeeper witnesses the events leading up to the Crucifixion. Barabbas Like Simon of Cyrene discussed later , little is known of Barabbas, who may have been a robber, a murderer, an insurrectionist, or all of these.
Following a Passover custom allowing for release of one prisoner, Pontius Pilate must free Barabbas instead of the blameless, but politicized, Jesus. But it reads as well today as ever, and some readers may prefer it. The Rebel. Tyndale, paper. Gospel figures such as John the Disciple and Martha make an appearance in events leading up to the Crucifixion. Barabbas is a fierce young man whom Martha loves, and Barabbas, when belief in Jesus mellows him, returns her love.
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Random Vintage International , paper. The story of the murderer pardoned instead of Jesus is made a subtle inquiry into the nature of salvation by the Swedish Nobel Laureate Lagerkvist. Despite his crimes, Barabbas is more sinned against than sinning, and lives out a doomed, tragic life in puzzlement over the significance of Christ, until at last he, too, believes. Simon of Cyrene Though he makes for a marvelous story, little is actually known of Simon or Simeon of Cyrene, the traveler impressed by Roman executioners to carry the cross of Jesus up to Golgotha.
Verses referring to him, Mark and Romans , suggest that he later became a Christian and that he may have been a black man. The Weeping Chamber. Word, paper. His Simeon is a complex study, however. A rich merchant who has come to Jerusalem to do business with an old friend, Simeon is a sorrowful man, estranged from his wife and family. The Miracle of the Sacred Scroll. He saves a child from fire but is disfigured and loses his confidence as a trader. He falls into poverty and, to break his cycle of bad luck, journeys to Jerusalem to participate in a great race. Then at last Simon receives his earthly reward: custodianship of the Divine Covenant.
According to Mary Magdalene. The Galileans. Joseph remains her friend, but only Jesus can save her tortured soul. The Roman Trilogy made him the first Yiddish writer to enjoy international success. Though his emphasis was on the Jewish heritage of the founders of Christianity, he respected Christianity and he respected Jesus as a great Jewish prophet. Thus, he addressed the gap between Christianity and Judaism.
The Nazarene was greeted with extraordinary praise in the English-language press, but not so in the Yiddish, where Asch was at best a controversial figure. The Nazarene. The narrative is dramatic, but Asch emphasizes the actual preaching of Jesus and is more concerned with early Christian thought than with the contrivances of plot.
The Apostle. The almost immediate sequel to The Nazarene finds Saul of Tarsus dealing incredulously with the story of the Resurrection, but then he is converted and fights the good fight of his evangelizing all the way to Rome. To the Ends of the Earth. The versatile Bunn is at his best in this atypical historical set in A. A North African merchant sends his son, Travis, to Constantinople to negotiate new terms for his estate because the plundering of his ships by pirates and high taxes have brought him nearly to ruin.
Young Travis learns leadership on his journey and turns to Christianity in part because of his love for a Christian woman, Lydia. The Silver Chalice. Then he must find the cup the Holy Grail. It was directed by Victor Saville in A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening. Louisiana State. Lucius Valerius Quintius is magistrate of what will one day be Portugal in the second century A. Lucius is a just and moral man surrounded by corruption and ruling a populace who would rather go to the games and watch the persecution of a rapidly growing cult, the Christians, than attend to the growing threat of Moor invasion.
Matters grow still more complicated when Lucius finds himself falling in love with Iunia Cantaber, an aristocrat who has converted to Christianity. She runs afoul of Roman law and places Lucius in the terrible dilemma of judging her. Winner of the Pegasus Prize for Readers of The Robe discussed later will also enjoy The Spear, which focuses heavily on political squabbling among the Jews and Roman administrators but features Cassius Longinus, the soldier who impales Jesus to ensure absolutely his death.
The Glorious Folly. Cassius Longinus, now a fervent Christian, intermittently appears in this loose sequel to The Spear, but the novel is really about Paul and the quick spread of Christianity.