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Captivating and astonishing… from cover to cover ‘Devotion’ prods, pokes and provokes. This is quite simply a book to make you think (possibly until your thoughts combust). The contents page alone sets a uniqueness alert buzzing and quivering. Dr Finlay Logan, a criminal psychologist is about to assess a girl who could be classed as a religious terrorist, he however, is a damaged, broken man himself. Ros Barber has the most touching and expressive way with words, they somehow flow together to create a beautiful yet penetrating structure, which shifts and reconstructs itself as you read. Italics are used to denote speech, creating a feeling of hearing a conversation in your head, it’s almost as though you are trespassing on inner most private thoughts, that you shouldn't be privy to. At times this is an uncomfortable, difficult and startling read, it is also lyrical and haunting and fascinating. Staggeringly original, the storyline blends with science and conjecture, creating a penetrating read that is not to be missed. ~ Liz Robinson


Devotion by Ros Barber

April is angry. Only nineteen years old, she has blown up a bus killing over a dozen people and believes that God is her personal pen pal. Dr Finlay Logan is broken. Still reeling from the death of his daughter he must assess April's sanity at a time when religious fundamentalism is on the verge of being classified as a form of mental illness. Dr Gabrielle Salmon is beautiful. Notorious for her controversial scientific experiments, she thinks she can help April and knows she can help Logan. But is she too odd? Too clever? Too convenient? Weaving together a moving story of grief with a gripping narrative about religion, science and the role that psychology plays to bridge the gap, Devotion is a fascinating novel that asks fundamental questions about the nature of reality while balancing the emotional and rational sides of human experience.


Praise for The Marlowe Papers 'This terrifically accomplished and enjoyable novel/play/poem, call it what you like, restores one's faith in English fiction.
Fay Weldon

'The best book I've read for a long time. Truly innovative, truly original, and a powerful poetic journey to another truth...This really is a joy to read and a true work of art.'
Benjamin Zephaniah

About the Author

Ros Barber

Dr Ros Barber is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning The Marlowe Papers. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, lecturer in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Director of Research at the Shakespearean Authorship Trust. She has been visiting lecturer at Brunel, Kent, and Notts Trent Universities. She lives in Brighton.

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6th August 2015


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Oneworld Publications


288 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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