The Testament of Gideon Mack

by James Robertson

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Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 28 March 2007.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006.
  Lyrical writing with a great storyline that takes its starting point from the discovery of an ancient manuscript.  It’s a novel that can be read on two levels – firstly, as a compelling, incredibly imaginative and entertaining thriller and secondly, on a deeper level, it’s immensely thought-provoking given the religious implications for the characters.  Longlisted for the Booker and deservedly so, this is a novel you’ll dwell on long after you’ve finished it, which for me is the sign of a good book. A real star is born.

The Testament of Gideon Mack Synopsis

A strange but compelling manuscript, supposedly the memoir of a Church of Scotland minister who has gone missing, arrives on the desk of an Edinburgh publisher. It tells the story of Gideon Mack, a son of the manse raised in chilly austerity and dominated by a joyless father, who claims to have met the Devil. Mixing fantasy, legend and history, The Testament of Gideon Mack is an ambitious, mesmerising novel which combines superlative storytelling with immense imaginative power.


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ISBN: 9780141023359
Publication date: 18/01/2007
Publisher: Penguin Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780241143254
Publication date: 01/06/2006
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141023359
Publication date: 18th January 2007
Author: James Robertson
Publisher: Penguin Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About James Robertson

In James Robertson, Scotland has a writer of the highest literary quality and cultural acuity.  He recently served as the Scottish Parliament’s first Writer in Residence and his second novel, Joseph Knight, won the two major Scottish literary prizes in 2003/4 – the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year.  He has published two novels, stories, poetry, anthologies, compiled a Scottish Dictionary of Quotations and is also editor of an educational Scots imprint.  James lives in Angus.

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