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