The Blasphemer (Paperback)
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The Blasphemer (Paperback)

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Published: 06/01/2011
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD & A RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK

He had always been scared of flying. Now, the fear is real. A plane crash. The water is rising over his mouth. In his nostrils. Lungs. As Daniel gasps, he swallows; and punches at his seat-belt. Nancy, the woman he loves, is trapped in her seat. He clambers over her, pushing her face into the headrest.

It is a reflex, visceral action made without rational thought...

But Daniel Kennedy did it. And already we have judged him from the comfort of our own lives.

Almost a hundred years earlier, Daniel's great-grandfather goes over the top at Passchendaele.A shell explodes, and he wakes up alone and lost in the hell of no-man's-land. Where are the others? Has he been left behind?

And if he doesn't find his unit, is he a deserter?

Love; cowardice; trust; forgiveness.How will any of us behave when we are pushed to extremes?

'A great achievement...To take on the First World War as so very many have done and make it fresh is remarkable.' MELVYN BRAGG

'A book that won't leave your fingernails intact...a terrifically exciting and thought-provoking must-read' DAILY MAIL

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552776172
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 335 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A great achievement...To take on the First World War as so very many have done and make it fresh is remarkable. - Melvyn Bragg

Does suspense exceptionally well, and it's a book that won't leave your fingernails intact...a terrifically exciting and thought-provoking must-read - John Harding, Daily Mail

This perfectly constructed drama explores the moralities around unconditional love and self-preservation. And it also weaves an intricate story of redemption starting in the trenches at Passchendaele and continuing till Britain's current terror threat...storytelling at its best. - News of the World

A fine novel; strange and unforgettable. - Kate Saunders, The Times

Ignites with an energy that should ensure short-listing in the next Man Booker Prize....Farndale's evocation of trench warfare surpasses Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong...Of the book's many accomplishments perhaps the strongest is the writing itself. Exquisite and luminous...Farndale gives a master class in the power of literature to illuminate the physical world and the human soul. - The Australian

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Hardback

“Very good - eventually”

Once I had waded through the first fifty pages or so, I thought this an excellent book. It is thoughtful, insightful, gripping and generally very well written. I found the lengthy scene-setting at the beginning so... More

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“Challenges one's perceptions about faith.”

Through what is essentially a study into what drives us, what makes us fall in love, what makes us hate, what makes us believe, what impels us to betray, Farndale has created a genuinely brilliant book which... More

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“different but really good!”

This is not a book I would normally of chosen but don't let the war related cover art put you off! It is essentially a book about relationships, between man and woman, parent and child over time and in difficult... More

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