ACTS AND OMISSIONS
‘A delicious novel: clever, witty and subtle.’ - The Baroness Sherlock
‘Acts and Omissions is brave and beautiful, devastatingly honest, mercilessly funny, fundamentally kind.’ - Dr Margaret Masson, Vice-Principal, St Chad’s College, Durham
‘Brims with wit and heart, acknowledging the awkwardness and consolations of Anglicanism in the twenty-first century. Hugely entertaining and highly recommended.’
- Richard Beard, author of Lazarus is Dead
‘This is a funny, affectionate, and devastatingly accurate portrayal of the Church of England today . . . Underlying the racy and eminently plausible storyline, however, is a profound exploration of the big themes of judgement and mercy; above all, of love.’ - Caroline Chartres, Church Times
The Bishop of Lindchester is happily married with four daughters. But does he have a secret? Archdeacon Matt is inclined to think not. That said, it's obvious to him that Bishop Paul's got a pretty big bee in his mitre about the brilliant but troubled Freddie May . . .
Welcome to the fictional Diocese of Lindchester. Conceived as an affectionate homage to Trollope's Barchester Chronicles, Acts and Omissions takes you, dear reader, on a year-long romp in the company of bishops, priests and laypeople. Prepare yourself for a bumpy and hilarious ride from the rarefied heights of the Cathedral Close down to the coalface of ordinary urban and rural parishes. Acts and Omissions reveals the Church of England in all its mess and glory. It is a world shot through with grace, but one where even the best intentioned err and stray. And occasionally do those things which they ought not to have done . . .
REVIEWS AND COMMENDATIONS
'Catherine Fox's glorious Lindchester series is the twenty-first-century answer to Trollope’s Barchester – but Trollope was never so funny, so fundamentally kind, or so mischievously attentive to grace.'
Francis Spufford, author of Golden Hill
'A delightful portrait of the follies and foibles in a contemporary Anglican diocese, written with wit, wisdom and impeccable liberal sympathies.'
Michael Arditti, Author and Critic
'Unsure what to buy the Trollope devotee in your life for Christmas? Look no further than Catherine Fox's Acts and Omissions and Unseen Things Above for a refresher course not only in cathedral politics, but also a set of profound, although lightly drawn, insights into the contemporary Anglican communion.'
Janet Beer, The Times Higher Education
'Brims with wit and heart, acknowledging the awkwardness and consolations of Anglicanism in the twenty-first century. Hugely entertaining and highly recommended.'