A Man Against a Background of Flames - Fiction (Paperback)
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A Man Against a Background of Flames - Fiction (Paperback)

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Paperback 480 Pages / Published: 23/10/2013
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Appleby never meant to start a global movement - James Appleby's career as a history lecturer is drifting into mediocrity until the phone call that changes his life forever. Our adulterous hero is informed of a mysterious chest of 400 year-old documents, which turns out to house a dangerous secret. To his horror, Appleby discovers his research has ignited a global firestorm that threatens to engulf all he loves. Expertise in Elizabethan country life wasn't supposed to be controversial. But when Appleby and his hilarious Dutch colleague Van Stumpe uncover evidence about the suppression of a heretical cult, they arouse the ire not just of machiavellian academics, but a worldwide swathe of religious fundamentalists. As the reluctant Appleby's discoveries inspire thousands of followers, his enemies begin a murderous hunt which sees the action race effortlessly between Elizabethan Wiltshire, Amsterdam, Washington, New York and all over contemporary England. This fast-paced novel combines elements of the campus novel and the spy thriller into a riveting and sometimes surreal satire on fundamentalism and its suppression of doubt. Blending brilliant historical scene-setting with a generous splash of romantic intrigue, Hoggart's sharply contemporary thriller-satire will have readers hooked from start to finish.

Publisher: Pighog
ISBN: 9781906309367
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Move over Dan Brown - bulges with action sequences - one of the most thrilling reads I have encountered.' Oxford Times '... a roller-coaster ride ... I absolutely loved it, and was gripped from start to finish.' Valerie Grove 'A cracker, a corker and a tour de force.' Richard Cor field 'Da Vinci Code meets Lucky Jim.' Corinna Honan 'A most interesting book.' Rowan Williams ' - amazing story - Elizabethan history isn't normally this exciting.' The Times "It's extremely refreshing to read a novel which encompasses this wide range of tone and characterisation within such a densely plotted, violent and breath-stoppingly exciting story, so that the hints here and there of a possible sequel are especially welcome. Go out and buy it now as Christmas presents for all your friends and relatives, and you'll reap a huge debt of gratitude at the New Year!" - The Tablet "Dipping back and forth in time, Paul Hoggart's mixed-genre novel is bound to attract comparison with Dan Brown. But this is far better: intelligent, moving, funny and compelling." - Daily Mail

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