ANGELS AND MEN
‘It is a real pleasure to find what many readers are always on the lookout for: a new and original writer of a rattling good story told with intelligence and depth.’ - The Tablet
‘As original as its abrasive but engaging heroine.’ - Pat Barker in the Sunday Times Pick of the Year
‘Powerfully involving fiction.’ - Sunday Telegraph
‘Offers a colourful mosaic of student life, big questions, sex, feminism and theology in a form which I found eminently readable. The dialogue is tight and often very funny, the dilemmas are plausible, the characters are believable human beings who speak with authentic voices and whose lives and decisions soon become important to the reader.’ - Methodist Recorder
'I saw an angel last night.' . . . She had thrown down every last defence and could only wait, helpless.
'Ordinary or arch?' he asked, as though they were discussing the sighting of a woodpecker.
Parson's daughter Mara Johns arrives as a postgraduate student at a great northern cathedral city. Antagonistic to the Church and fiercely independent, she repels all friendly overtures and seeks spiritual answers in her theological research. But when her past involvement in an extreme sect resurfaces, she finds her quest won't stay academic. Nor can she hold out against her persistent would-be friends. Gradually she unbends and laughs with Maddy and May; locks horns with the insufferable 'polecat' and finds herself torn between the attentions of two suitors. But they are both ordinands, and she's vowed she'll never marry a vicar.
When her carefully controlled world falls apart, it is to these new friends she must turn if she wants to survive.
'As original as its abrasive but engaging heroine.'
Pat Barker in the Sunday Times Pick of the Year
'Wow! I was enchanted by Angels and Men.'
'Powerfully involving fiction.'
'A terrific read . . . the dialogue crackles along.'
'It is a real pleasure to find what many readers are always on the lookout for: a new and original writer of a rattling good story told with intelligence and depth.'