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The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale
  

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Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2010.

Costa Book Awards 2010 Judges' comment:
"A novel of remarkable ambition that reads like a thriller. Strange, unforgettable and morally courageous."

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The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale

On its way to the Galapagos Islands, a light aircraft ditches into the sea. As the water floods through the cabin, zoologist Daniel Kennedy faces an impossible choice - should he save himself, or Nancy, the woman he loves? In a parallel narrative, it is 1917 and Daniel's great grandfather Andrew is preparing to go over the top at Passchendaele. He, too, will have his courage tested, and must live with the moral consequences of his actions. Back in London, the atheistic Daniel is wrestling with something his 'cold philosophy' cannot explain - something unearthly he thought he saw while swimming for help in the Pacific. But before he can make sense of it, the past must collapse into the present, and both he and Andrew must prove themselves capable of altruism, and deserving of forgiveness. The Blasphemer is a story about conditional love, cowardice and the possibility of redemption - and what happens to a man of science when forced to question his certainties. It is a novel of rare depth, empathy and ambition that sweeps from the trenches of the First World War to the terrorist-besieged streets of London today: a novel that will speak to the head as well as the heart of any reader.


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About the Author

Nigel Farndale

Nigel Farndale is a columnist and feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph and has won a British Press Award for his interviews. He lives in London. This is his fourth book.

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Publication date

21st January 2010

Author

Nigel Farndale

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www.nigelfarndale.com/

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Publisher

Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9780385617796

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