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The Blasphemer

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LoveReading Says

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.

Sarah Broadhurst

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