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Fisher of Men by Pam Rhodes

Fisher of Men

Part of the The Dunbridge Chronicles Series
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A heart-warming comedy of manners with real spiritual resonance and depth. Who would have thought a sleepy country village could hold so many colourful characters, thorny issues and be such a social minefield? Kind, earnest and shy Revd Neil Fisher is about to find out in a year he won’t ever forget... Fisher of Men is the debut novel and first in a planned series called The Dunbridge Chronicles from well known BBC TV presenter of Songs of Praise, Pam Rhodes.

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Fisher of Men by Pam Rhodes

Neil Fisher’s first trip to Dunbridge was not a success. Having inadvertently locked himself in St Stephen’s Church for hours (and succumbing to the communion wine and wafers for dinner) it seemed miraculous they gave him the curate’s job!

On arrival in the small town of Dunbridge it quickly becomes clear that life is not going to be tranquil for the eligible new bachelor, as four formidable women are determined to make their presence felt. There is his mother, Iris, still questioning his choice of career; his rector, the no-nonsense Margaret, who is not one for taking prisoners; Claire, his new neighbour, whom he’s already managed to offend. And then there is Wendy, the beautiful leading light of the church music group, who has her own plans for Neil… It can only end in trouble.


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Fisher of Men. You can read their reviews below.

Lucinda Fountain - 'Comical and uplifting, this delightful blend of stories fills you with a warm fuzzy feeling as you immerse yourself in an utterly absorbing tale of inspired vision and dry wit.' Click here to read the full review.

Sallyann Spittle - 'this book is pure magic...Pam Rhodes has truly captured the essence of village life and her characters are so likeable it makes you want to live there yourself. This book is escapism in it's best form and I loved every minute reading it.' Click here to read the full review.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett - 'Fisher of Men is quite simply put - spectacular... Pam Rhodes novel was not my usual genre choice, but this book has quickly changed my mind. I would buy the sequel in a heartbeat. Overall, the first book in The Dunbridge Chronicles is a classic, brilliant read that leaves the laughter filled, chaotic world alive, even after the pages are closed.' Click here to read the full review.

Barbara Goldie - 'A truly inspirational read...The descriptions of the cluttered vicarage, the newly decorated house, the gardens and the church are so vivid the reader is transported into a small town way of life... It is just the book for an easy chair, a cup of coffee and a box of tissues handy.' Click here to read the full review.

Emily Wright - 'Fisher of Men is an easy, enjoyable read which explores with a light touch many of life’s hopes, triumphs and difficult times, from first Nativity plays to internet dating, unfulfilling marriages through to growing old with dignity. The stories of the parishioners mesh together throughout the book to provide as a whole a gentle novel which restores the reader’s faith in humanity.' Click here to read the full review.

Edel Waugh - 'this new Dunbridge Chronicles series has got me very excited. The lives of the people in the town are intriguing and often comical ,you have every walk of life, and village problem that you would expect from a small village, and we get to get a birds eye view of it all which makes it very moreish.' Click here to read the full review.

Barry Griffiths - 'Whether you have faith or not this book will bring light into your day and a smile to your lips, as Neil negotiates his way through births, marriages and deaths with plenty of light entertainment in between.' Click here to read the full review.

Cherrill Deans - 'Fisher of Men is a heart warming hug of a book. Each page is packed with detail – not once did I skip a page or two as I often do when if find boring bits in books. There weren’t any – everything and everyone mentioned comes alive with depth and detail.' Click here to read the full review.

Hilary Stookes - 'There are many humorous incidents mingled with moments of sadness and reminders of the spiritual context in which the book is set. The lives of the congregation, as well as those of Neil’s neighbours, are beautifully described, well-paced and varied.' Click here to read the full review.

Susan Walsh - 'You can see Neil, Margaret, Iris & Frank as people we all know & love within our own Friends & Neighbours. Pam Rhodes has captured these characters wonderfully.' Click here to read the full review.

Kathy Howell
- 'This is a lovely book...The characters are well observed and I’m sure everyone will know one or more of the characters in their wider circle of acquaintances.' Click here to read the full review.

Kath Thornton
- 'This seems to be the first book in what could become a good series about a curate called Rev. Neil Fisher...It makes a lovely light read and makes you both smile and cry...I can’t wait for the next book to see what happens next.' Click here to read the full review.

Edel Waugh
- 'The lives of the people in the town are intriguing and often comical...and we get to get a birds eye view of it all which makes it very moreish...This was a charming and touching story that I did not want to end.' Click here to read the full review.

Judith Cooper - 'This book is a total departure from my usual genre of reading matter. The central character the Reverend Neil Fisher grows on you as the book progresses.' Click here to read the full review.

About the Author

Pam Rhodes

Pam Rhodes is best known as the familiar face of BBC Television's SONGS OF PRAISE, interviewing people as varied as The Pope and Dolly Parton. She’s also popular as a radio presenter, from PAUSE FOR THOUGHT on Radio 2, to her own Premier Radio programme HEARTS AND HYMNS. Pam is already a successful novelist, author of With Hearts and Hymns and Voices and four other novels, as well as many other books, short stories and feature articles. A Mum and a Grandmum, Pam lives with her husband in Bedfordshire where she runs a cat sanctuary.

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Publication date

22nd March 2013


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Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc


256 pages


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