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The Blasphemer - Nigel Farndale

The Blasphemer - Nigel Farndale

Title: The Blasphemer

Author:  Nigel Farndale

ISBN:  9780385617796

Weight:  927 g

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The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale

On its way to the Galápagos 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.

Shortlisted for the 2010 Costa Novel Award

Peer & Press Reviews

A constantly engaging and witty novel from a tremendously clever writer.

Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph

I finished this novel knowing that I had read something tremendous.  The Blasphemer has real intellectual texture.  And to take on the First World War as so many have done and make it fresh is remarkable.

Melvyn Bragg

I drank in The Blasphemer in huge lungfuls, and mourned it when it was finished.  For anyone who loved Atonement or Birdsong, this is the generational novel at its best.

Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday

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Title: The Blasphemer
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Dated: 25 January 2010
Book Stats
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
Imprint: Doubleday
Awards and prizes: Costa Novel Award 2010 – shortlist
Publication date:
ISBN 13: 9780385617796
ISBN 10: 0385617798
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 425
Size (h x w x d): 240 x 160 x 38mm

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