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Author: Charlie Lovett Narrator: Charles Armstrong Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781520066110
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From the author of The Bookman’s Tale comes a new novel about an obsessive bibliophile’s quest through time to discover a missing manuscript, the unknown history of an English Cathedral, and the secret of the Holy Grail.

Arthur Prescott is happiest when surrounded by the ancient books and manuscripts of the Barchester Cathedral library. Increasingly, he feels like a fish out of water among the concrete buildings of the University of Barchester, where he works as an English professor. His one respite is his time spent nestled in the library, nurturing his secret obsession with the Holy Grail and researching his perennially unfinished guidebook to the medieval cathedral.

But when a beautiful young American named Bethany Davis arrives in Barchester charged with the task of digitizing the library’s manuscripts, Arthur’s tranquility is broken. Appalled by the threat modern technology poses to the library he loves, he sets out to thwart Bethany, only to find in her a kindred spirit with a similar love for knowledge and books—and a fellow Grail fanatic.

Bethany soon joins Arthur in a quest to find the lost Book of Ewolda, the ancient manuscript telling the story of the cathedral’s founder. And when the future of the cathedral itself is threatened, Arthur and Bethany’s search takes on grave importance, leading the pair to discover secrets about the cathedral, about the Grail, and about themselves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s a Dan Brown/The Da Vinci Code vibe to this history mystery.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “Blends romance, history, booknerd-dom, and questions about faith and religion into a literary mystery that’s not only incredibly fun but super smart.”

    BookRiot

  • “Lovett’s unique work combines literary and historical research with classic elements of cozy mysteries, classic love stories, and exciting adventure tales to create a true genre-blending masterpiece.”

    Bustle

  • “Armstrong does a sterling job of bringing to life Arthur Prescott, an English professor who lives for his time in the library…Armstrong’s characterizations of other key characters are strong, helping the listener to follow the plot, including flashbacks to an earlier time. The narration also allows the humor in the writing to shine, further adding to the enjoyment of this pleasurable novel.”

    AudioFile

  • BookRiot Pick of Best Books of 2017

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About the Author

Charlie Lovett is an award-winning playwright and author of the New York Times bestseller The Bookman’s Tale and other novels. His plays for children have been seen in over five thousand productions worldwide. A former antiquarian bookseller, he collects books and memorabilia related to Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland and has written extensively on Carroll. He hosts the literary podcast Inside the Writer’s Studio. Charlie and his wife, Janice, live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and in Kingham, Oxfordshire.

About the Narrator

Charles Armstrong is a narrator and actor whose theater work includes productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, and he was in the West End production of Round The Horne … Revisited. His television and film credits include Holby City, EastEnders, Head Over Heels, Poirot, The King’s Speech, and The Navigators. He has also recorded numerous voice-overs and was part of the BBC Radio Repertory.