eleanor oliphant
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

One of our Debuts of the Year 2011.

One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.

A dual narrative novel of World War I and today where two men face impossible odds. It all revolves around the possible discovery of the ending to Mahler’s unfinished symphony and the lengths an obsessed individual will go to acquire it. This contrasts with the horrors of the war in an epic novel, atmospheric with guardian angels, science, love and cowardice bound into some very human stories, highly satisfactory.

January 2011 Book of the Month.

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."

The Lovereading view...

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. He had always been scared of flying. With echoes of Birdsong it reads at the pace of a thriller.

If you like Nigel Farndale you might also like to read books by Louis de Bernieres, Martin Bird and Sebastian Faulks.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse by Alexander Mccall Smith

One very lucky winner will receive a signed copy by Alexander McCall Smith of his latest novel, The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse. To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 4 January 2018. The winner will be notified by 15th January 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 04/01/2018

Synopsis

The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale

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?


Browse inside this book

Reviews

`This is a fine novel; strange and unforgettable.' The Times

`The writing is beautiful... Farndale's elegant prose, his storytelling ability and the wise tolerance with which he views the vagaries of... characters lend his exhilarating novel a tenderly redemptive afterimage.' The Sunday Telegraph

`He does suspense exceptionally well, and it's a book that won't leave your fingernails intact. This is a terrifically exciting and thought-provoking must-read.' The Daily Mail

`A constantly engaging and witty novel from a tremendously clever writer.' Daily Telegraph

Farndale's evocation of the minutiae of trench warfare surpasses Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong... Exquisite and luminous...a master class in the power of literature to illuminate the physical world and the human soul.' The Australian

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.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

6th January 2011

Author

Nigel Farndale

More books by Nigel Farndale
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.nigelfarndale.com/

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Books of the Month
Debuts of the Month
Historical Fiction
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552776172

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

You'll always find what you never knew you were looking for and you're always spoilt for choice.

Helen Jones

Thanks to Lovereading I have discovered new writers and read books I would never had looked twice at - and enjoyed them.

Angela Rhodes

Lovereading is an amazing place to be, the website is wonderful and to me if I'm sad I'll go here and it cheers me up!

Sophia Upton

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools