The Testament of Gideon Mack (Paperback)
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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 18/01/2007
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The Testament of Gideon Mack is James Robertson's acclaimed novel exploring faith and belief. For Gideon Mack, faithless minister, unfaithful husband and troubled soul, the existence of God, let alone the Devil, is no more credible than that of ghosts or fairies. Until the day he falls into a gorge and is rescued by someone who might just be Satan himself. Mack's testament - a compelling blend of memoir, legend, history, and, quite probably, madness - recounts one man's emotional crisis, disappearance, resurrection and death. It also transports you into an utterly mesmerising exploration of the very nature of belief. 'Fascinating, extraordinary, strange, rich' Sunday Telegraph 'Overwhelmingly compassionate and thought-provoking. Demands another read' Irvine Welsh, Guardian 'Hugely enjoyable, very funny, deeply refreshing . . . its touch of devilry makes it even more of a joy' Herald 'Fabulous . . . a work of the highest literary quality' Scotland on Sunday 'Astonishingly accomplished, utterly compelling from start to finish . . . could well be the best novel published anywhere this year' Big Issue 'James Robertson is a brilliant novelist. It's a long time since I read a novel in which the contemporary notions of faith and belief were so frankly tested' Ali Smith James Robertson is the author of the novels The Fanatic, Joseph Knight, The Testament of Gideon Mack, And the Land Lay Still and The Professor of Truth. The Testament of Gideon Mack was longlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, picked by Richard and Judy's Book Club, and shortlisted for the Saltire Book of the Year award, and And the Land Lay Still was the winner of the Saltire Book of the Year Award 2010.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141023359
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Overwhelmingly compassionate and thought-provoking . . . In the hands of great writers the unlikeliest stories are generally the most rewarding -- Irvine Welsh * The Guardian *
Robertson is a true descendant of James Hogg - this is a superb piece of Scottish Gothic * The Times *
A rich novel of ideas about faith, Scotland and the ways in which fictions shape our lives * Sunday Telegraph *
Artful and lyrical . . . you are under the influence of a master storyteller . . . this book promises to become a Scottish masterpiece * Sunday Herald *
Robertson is a true descendant of James Hogg - this is a superb piece of Scottish Gothic * The Times *

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“The Testament of Gideon Mack”

I read this book over 12 months ago and it was definitely one of the best reads of the year. Gripping, funny in places, very odd in others and thought provoking, I still occasionally think about the chracters now and... More

Paperback edition
8th January 2009
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“The Testament of Gideon Mack”

An unusual book of impressive good writing. Robertson sets out to look at the role of the Kirk in contemporary Scotland, but soon goes into a tangent that places a dynamic emphasis on 'one man's personal... More

Paperback edition
20th September 2009
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“The Testament of Gideon Mack”

I read this as my mum read it and enjoyed it. I have to say it is a rather odd book, different from anything I have ever read before. It was very well written and easy to follow as well as being funny and witty at... More

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18th May 2009
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