Author(s): Charlie Lovett
Arthur Prescott finds respite from the drudgery of his professorship in the Barchester Cathedral Library, where he researches the Holy Grail and his long-delayed guidebook for the medieval cathedral. His tranquillity is shattered by Bethany Davis, a young American academic who has come to digitise the library's ancient manuscripts. But hostility turns to affection when Arthur discovers Bethany is a kindred spirit, a Grail fanatic. They begin a quest for the lost Book of Ewolda, which could reveal secrets about the cathedral and the Grail, and their connections to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. As Arthur and Bethany delve into the past, the secret history of England-from the Norman invasion to the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and the Blitz-is revealed. A thrilling adventure for history lovers, The Lost Book of the Grail is also an ode to the joys of reading.
A good story well told is a delight – and this novel is well told indeed.
Set in Trollope's fictional cathedral town of Barchester, gifted academic Arthur Prescott discovers that an ancient text is missing from the cathedral's library. Arthur is up dating the guidebook so needs to know what and where the missing text is. The lost book is an account of the saint who founded a monastery in the fifth century. The monastery became a cathedral and the Saxon text was transcribed to medieval Latin in the fifteenth century.
Arthur discovers that the account also refers to a cup – or grail – that Christ consecrated. The cup, brought to Avalon by Joseph of Arimathea, may yet reside locally.
The attraction of this story is not just the literary allusions – of which there are many, from Malory to Austen and P G Wodehouse – but the sheer acreage of history. A millennium and more.
Most of all, this story is an ode to the joys of reading. This reader enjoyed it very much. Mike
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'Vivid, engaging...A love story and a detective story filled with wonderful historic detail.' Kate Alcott 'A mystery, a history, a pleasure-and a treasure.' Gregory Maguire
Charlie Lovett is a writer, teacher and playwright whose books include the New York Times bestseller The Bookman's Tale and First Impressions. He is a bibliophile and a former antiquarian bookseller. He and his wife split their time between North Carolina and the Cotswolds.